Toledo police officer, suspect killed after armed standoff

Toledo Police Officer Brandon Stalker, 24, was shot and killed Monday when Christopher Harris, 27, emerged from a home with 'a firearm in both hands and fired shots in multiple directions,' police said.

Posted: Jan 19, 2021 12:09 PM

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio city on Tuesday was mourning a police officer who died after an hourslong armed standoff ended in gunfire and also claimed the life of a suspect, police said.

Toledo Police Officer Brandon Stalker, 24, was shot and killed Monday when Christopher Harris, 27, emerged from a home with “a firearm in both hands and fired shots in multiple directions,” police said.

According to police, multiple officers returned fire and shot Harris.

Both men were pronounced dead at a hospital.

“The entire Toledo Police family is in shock. Another hero has paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the residents of Toledo,” said Police Chief George Kral.

Stalker leaves behind a fiancée and a child. He had joined the police department in July 2018.

Kral said the standoff started about 4 p.m., when officers noticed a man with warrants out for his arrest in connection to cathedral vandalism smoking outside a home in a residential neighborhood.

Officers approached the man, who fled brandishing a firearm and entered a nearby home.

Police set up a barrier and a SWAT team was called in.

Negotiators had tried for hours to get the suspect to surrender peacefully.

Police then used tear gas to force him out. He exited holding two guns, firing. Police shot back, striking Harris. One of the suspect’s shots hit Stalker in the head, Kral said.

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said his city’s department “has had to endure too many dark and terrible days in the last six months,” with the July on-duty killing of 26-year-old Officer Anthony Dia and the unexpected death of an officer just a few weeks ago.

“This has been a very difficult time,” Kapszukiewicz said. “It is a very difficult day for the city.”

Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags to be flown at half-staff.

Police said they would provide an update later on the standoff.

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