Officer, Ex-Military Killed in Ambush While on Duty

( – On May 11, at about 10 p.m., an ambush killed an officer for the Euclid Police Department (EPD) in Ohio. Jacob Derbin, 23 years old, was a US military veteran and had been working for the department for less than one year, according to Captain Mitchell Houser from the EPD.

Deshawn Anthony Vaughn, a 24-year-old suspect, shot Derbin after the police responded to a disturbance call at the residence. The police were investigating Vaughn, a convicted felon, for violating his community supervision condition. After shooting Derbin, he ran from the house.

Houser reported that after transporting the injured Derbin to the local hospital, they pronounced him dead.

The call to the EPD regarding the disturbance came from the mother of her child’s father, who had made threats to harm her along with her mother. When the officers arrived at the residence, the woman told them that Vaughn was nearby on foot. When they checked the backyard, Vaughn ambushed them, hitting Derbin with gunfire. He fled when officers fired back.

Several officers from different departments in Northeast Ohio joined the search for Vaughn, and they eventually located him on May 12 in an apartment building. A standoff ensued, but the officers soon found he was dead from a gunshot. The police did not reveal if they shot him or if he committed suicide.

The incident is being investigated to determine what the motivation was for the initial shooting.

Scott Meyer, the chief of the EPD, called Derbin an extraordinary man with a great heart. He said that the world was a better place because he was in it, and that the department was grief-stricken over his death.

The governor of Ohio, Mike DeWine, posted on social media that he offered his condolences to Derbin’s family and the EPD. They will always remember his dedication to the community in Euclid, which matched his bravery.

To honor Derbin’s life and his service to the community, all the flags flown on public buildings were at half-staff.

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