Ohio Police Detective in 'Grave' Condition After Being Shot in Face While Serving Warrant

Dayton Police Detective Jorge DelRio was shot twice in the face Monday night while serving a search warrant at a home with a DEA task force.

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Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl described Officer Jorge DelRio’s injuries as “grave” and said he had been shot twice in the face.
Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl described Officer Jorge DelRio’s injuries as “grave” and said he had been shot twice in the face.
Dayton Police Department

DAYTON, Ohio -- Nathan S. Goddard Jr., 39, was identified by police as the man who fired two shots that gravely injured a 30-year veteran of the Dayton Police Department, Police Chief Richard Biehl said. 

Goddard was charged federally with assaulting a law enforcement officer engaged in a federal investigation, according to a release from United Stated Attorney David M. DeVillers for the Southern District of Ohio.

The charge stems from the Monday night shooting in the 1400 block of Ruskin Road in Dayton during the execution of a federal search warrant.

Goddard also is charged with conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than 400 grams of fentanyl, 500 grams or more of cocaine and marijuana.

Two other men also were charged federally with conspiring to distribute the drugs: Cahke W. Cortner Sr., 39; and Lionel L. Combs III, 40, the release stated. They, along with Courtney L. Allen, 34, were arrested after the search warrant was executed Monday night, Biehl confirmed during a news conference Tuesday afternoon. 

Detective Jorge DelRio, a 30-year veteran of the department was shot twice during the search and remains hospitalized with “grave” injuries, Biehl said. 


Goddard’s combined charges, which include drug and assault with a deadly weapon charges, could face up to 30 years to life in prison. The other men face drug and weapons charges that could be punished by up to 20 years to life in prison, officials announced during the news conference. 

The federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s Dayton operation conducted an investigation between mid-July and late October into a Dayton-based fentanyl operation.

As a result of that investigation, Goddard was named as the alleged source of the supply of narcotics, and a federal search warrant was authorized for 1454 Ruskin Road.

At approximately 6:50 p.m. Monday, DEA and Dayton police entered the home and a task force officer, DelRio, descended the stairway to the basement and immediately came under gunfire and was struck.

Inside the house, authorities found two pistols with extended magazines loaded with armor-piercing ammunition.

Also found was nine kilograms of suspected fentanyl inside a duffel bag; a bag containing 50 to 60 pounds of marijuana was found on the basement floor; and approximately $11,000 in cash was spread out on a coffee table and more than $40,000 was inside a duffel bag in a storage area under the stairs, the release stated.

Goddard, Cortner and Combs will be in court Friday for a detention hearing.

FIRST REPORT

Montgomery County Jail records have listed four people who were arrested at a house in the 1400 block of Ruskin Road, where a Dayton police detective was shot and wounded just before 7 p.m. Monday. 

The men are Nathan S. Goddard Jr., 39;  Courtney L. Allen, 34; Cahke W. Cortner Sr., 39; and Lionel L. Combs III, 40. 

None of the men have charges listed, but all were arrested at 1 a.m. today by a federal agency. 

Dayton Police Chief Richard Biehl said that officers took five people into custody from the house, but information on the fifth person arrested was not available on the jail records website. 

The Dayton detective was at the house as a part of a DEA task force that was serving a warrant when the shooting occurred. 

After everyone in the house was taken into custody, the task force recovered a large amount of fentanyl, cash and weapons from the house, Biehl said. 

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