Video Shows Moments Before Ambush that Killed Ohio Police Officer

May 16, 2024
The suspect who shot and killed Euclid Police Officer Jacob Derbin posted a video online telling his friends and family that he loved them before taking his own life.

By Olivia Mitchell


CLEVELAND, OH—The suspect who killed a Euclid police officer died by suicide Sunday.

The office of the Cuyahoga County medical examiner revealed Tuesday that Deshawn Vaughn, 24, of Euclid fatally shot himself in the head during a standoff with authorities in Shaker Heights.

The standoff took place at an apartment complex at 16100 Van Aken Blvd. after an hourslong search for Vaughn, who fatally shot Euclid police officer Jacob Derbin, on Saturday. Police pleaded with Vaughn over the phone to peacefully surrender. Instead, Vaughn shot at officers, their drones and robots. Officers returned gunfire.

Derbin, 23, a first-year officer with the police department, was among other officers who responded to a domestic dispute at East 211th Street. A woman called police and told them Vaughn had threatened her and some family members.

When officers responded to the call, they checked the backyard of the home looking for Vaughn. He ambushed police with gunfire and struck Derbin.

Vaughn ran from the scene. Derbin died from his wounds at University Hospitals.

After Vaughn shot Derbin, he released a video on Instagram. In the video, he told his friends and family he cared for them and asked everyone to tell his nephews that he loved them. A rap song about suicide could be heard in the background of the video.

Vaughn later went to the home of an acquaintance in Shaker Heights, where the standoff took place.

Police did not release any information that provided a motive for Vaughn’s actions. Vaughn has a lengthy criminal that dates back to 2017.

That year, Vaughn was sentenced to four years in prison for a felonious assault out of Lake County. In 2021, he received a nine-month sentence for receiving stolen property and weapons charges in Cuyahoga County. In May 2022, Beachwood police arrested him on a warrant from the Ohio Adult Parole Authority.

A judge issued a bench warrant for Vaughn on May 6 for a parole violation. The warrant was referred days later to the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force, which is run by the U.S. Marshals Service.


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