Officer Anthony Dia 26, was shot and killed while responding to a “check the safety call” at 12:11 a.m. on July 4th, regarding an intoxicated man in the parking lot of the Home Depot hardware store located at 1035 W Alexis Rd, Toledo, Ohio. Officer Dia was shot in the chest with a single round by 57-year old Edward Henry, Dia succumbed to his injuries a short time later at the Toledo Hospital. Henry fled into the nearby woods while being pursued by police K9 and aerial assets, police heard a gunshot around 3 a.m. and found Henry’s body a short time later.
Officer Anthony Dia is the 31st Toledo Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty. The last Toledo Police Officer to be killed in the line of duty was Detective Keith Dressel who was shot and killed in 2007.
Officer Anthony Dia:
As the sun sets on this Fourth of July, please take a moment to reflect on the life and sacrifice of Officer Anthony Dia. He leaves behind his wife, two young boys, and a loving family. He made the ultimate sacrifice for all of us. End of Watch: July 4, 2020. pic.twitter.com/HFb2OEuHpr
— Toledo Police (@ToledoPolice) July 5, 2020
Toledo Police Press Conference:
Toledo Police Chief George Kral will be making at statement regarding the line of duty death involving a Toledo Police Officer. This will occur at 6:00 a.m. in front of the Toledo Police Safety Building.
— Toledo Police (@ToledoPolice) July 4, 2020
Our hearts are broken today over the loss of Toledo Police Officer Anthony Dia, who was killed in the line of duty earlier this morning. We are all in mourning, and we will never forget his sacrifice. https://t.co/ZjlcRRsUs0
— Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz (@wadekaps) July 4, 2020
Fran and I were deeply saddened to learn of the death last night of @ToledoPolice Officer Anthony Dia in the line of duty. We extend our sympathy to his wife and 2-year-old child, his other family members, and his colleagues in the Toledo Police Department.
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) July 4, 2020
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Local News Stories:
- Toledo Blade: https://www.toledoblade.com/local/2020/07/04/toledo-police-officer-killed-in-shooting-july-fourth/stories/20200704075
- 13abc: https://www.13abc.com/content/news/Heavy-police-presence-at-Home-Depot-on-W-Alexis-571626021.html
- WTOL: https://www.wtol.com/article/news/crime/toleod-police-officer-anthony-dia-shot-killed-home-depot-parking-lot/512-a4f9e7d3-9045-48bb-9f11-b73c2800a0f6