Euclid Police Officer Fatally Shot in Ambush, Suspect at Large

A Euclid police officer was shot and killed in an ambush while responding to a disturbance call on Saturday night in Euclid, Ohio. The suspect, 24-year-old Deshawn Anthony Vaughn, is considered "armed and extremely dangerous" and is being sought by authorities.

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Euclid Police Officer Fatally Shot in Ambush, Suspect at Large

Euclid Police Officer Fatally Shot in Ambush, Suspect at Large

A Euclid police officer was shot and killed in an ambush while responding to a disturbance call on Saturday night in Euclid, Ohio, a suburb of Cleveland. The officer, whose identity has not been released, was shot at approximately 9:56 p.m. EDT in the 300 block of East 211th Street.

Why this matters: The ambush and killing of a police officer highlights the risks and dangers that law enforcement personnel face daily, and it underscores the need for increased vigilance and safety measures to protect those who serve and protect our communities. This incident also raises concerns about the potential for retaliatory violence againstpolice officers and the impact on community trust and relationships.

The suspect, identified as 24-year-old Deshawn Anthony Vaughn, ambushed the officer and shot him. Vaughn is considered "armed and extremely dangerous" and may be driving a white 2017 Volkswagen Passat with a temporary license plate mounted in the rear window. The wounded officer was taken to an area hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Euclid Police Capt. Mitch Houser released a statement saying, "The Euclid Police Department asks that you keep the fallen Officer, his family, loved ones, and our agency in your thoughts and prayers." The search for Vaughn continued into Sunday, with SWAT teams deployed to the scene. A ram was used to open the front door of one home, but nothing was found. The Cleveland Police helicopter was also utilized in the search efforts.

Vaughn has a criminal history, including a conviction for second-degree felonious assault in July 2017, for which he received a four-year prison sentence with 270 days of time served. In October 2021, he pleaded guilty to reduced charges of receiving stolen property and having weapons under disability, resulting in a 263-day prison sentence.

An Ohio Blue Alert has been activated to seek public assistance in locating Vaughn, who is described as 6 feet, 3 inches tall, weighing 215 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen in a white Volkswagen Jetta with Ohio license plate No. R947155.

Anyone with information on Vaughn's whereabouts is urged to contact the Euclid Police Detective Bureau at 216-289-8505 or the U.S. Marshal's Service at 866-492-6833. The incident is being investigated as an "ambush" of the police officer, and further updates will be provided as more information becomes available in this developing story.

Key Takeaways

  • A Euclid police officer was shot and killed in an ambush on Saturday night.
  • The suspect, 24-year-old Deshawn Anthony Vaughn, is considered "armed and extremely dangerous".
  • Vaughn has a criminal history, including convictions for assault and receiving stolen property.
  • An Ohio Blue Alert has been activated to seek public assistance in locating Vaughn.
  • The incident is being investigated as an "ambush" of the police officer.