Hero Down: Dayton Police Detective Jorge DelRio Murdered By Gunman
Dayton, OH – Dayton Police Department (DPD) Detective Jorge DelRio died in the line of duty on Thursday, three days after he was shot twice in the face while serving a warrant with the DEA Task Force.
The shooting occurred just before 7 p.m. on Monday, as task force members were serving a drug-related warrant in the 1400-block of Ruskin Road, WHIO reported.
Agents came under gunfire from a suspect in the basement.
Officials said Det. DelRio returned fire, but was only able to get off one shot before he collapsed.
“We’re serving a warrant with the DEA. We need a medic,” an officer told a 911 dispatcher, according to WHIO.
Chief Biehl said that other officers called an ambulance, but then decided they didn’t have time to wait for it.
They loaded Det. DelRio into a police vehicle and drove him to Grandview Medical Center in a frantic attempt to save his life.
During a press conference on Tuesday, Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said that the veteran detective’s condition was “grave.”
“Det. DelRio was struck twice in the face, and those bullets penetrated deep,” the chief said.
Chief Biehl described Det. DelRio as an “amazing individual” with a large extended family.
He said the wounded hero’s children and grandchildren were at the hospital until late into the night.
Police took five suspects who were inside the home at the time of the shooting into custody.
Chief Biehl said four adult males were apprehended inside the house, and one juvenile male was captured as he tried to flee across the front yard.
U.S Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Dave DeVillers told reporters that the suspected shooter, Nathan Goddard, has been charged with felonious assault on an agent.
The other adults inside the home are all facing federal drug conspiracy charges.
Agents recovered two loaded pistols in the basement of the house, one of which is believed to have been used to shoot Det. DelRio.
DeVillers said they also recovered an AR pistol that was new and still in its packaging, along with a new 30-round magazine that had already been loaded.
He said agents found 13 kilos - divided up into nine packages - of fentanyl and cocaine and 51 pounds of marijuana in the basement, along with more than $44,000 in cash.
On Wednesday afternoon, DPD announced that Det. DelRio would not survive the attack.
“Det. DelRio remains on advanced life support after suffering injuries that are tragically not survivable,” the agency said in a somber tweet. “Not surprisingly, after 30 years of dedicated public service, Det. DelRio will continue to give of himself by being an organ donor upon his death.”
Det. DelRio, 55, succumbed to his wounds on Thursday.
He joined the DPD on March 9, 1989, and began serving as a narcotics officer with the DEA Task Force in May of 2000, the Journal-News reported.
He was a decorated member of the police force who received an award for heroism and professionalism in 1990, the Dayton Daily News reported.
Det. DelRio was the recipient of seven written commendations, one unit citation, and two letters of appreciation during his illustrious career, according to the Journal-News.
“Detective Jorge DelRio dedicated his entire career to combating the illegal drugs that have plagued our community,” Chief Biehl said, according to The Cincinnati Enquirer. “There is no doubt that through his hard work and dedication, Detective DelRio has saved and changed countless lives.”
“Through his own sacrifice and peril, Jorge exemplifies the Dayton Police Department’s motto, ‘Honor through service and service through honor,” he added.
The chief praised Det. DelRio for his professionalism and decades of dedicated service to the community.
“His work had impact regionally, nationally and internationally,” the chief noted, according to WCMH. “He was that good at what he did. He loved what he did.”
Det. DelRio’s work resulted in millions of dollars’ worth of drug seizures over the years, and his bilingual skills aided numerous investigations, the Journal-News reported.
“I, for a brief moment, decided we needed to rotate detectives around, and we reassigned him over a decade ago and I got so many calls from our federal partners saying ‘please put Jorge back’ because he was just that good,” Chief Biehl recalled, according to WCMH. “It showed in his work. It showed in his professionalism.”
Det. DelRio was a husband, father, and grandfather, the Journal-News reported.
He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, according to WHIO.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Dayton Police Department Detective Jorge DelRio, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.
Detective Jorge DelRio, your life mattered.