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Ohio LEO shot serving warrant dies

Jorge DelRio was praised for his dedication, ‘contributions to the community’ as part of a DEA task force


Dayton Daily News

DAYTON, Ohio — Dayton police Det. Jorge DelRio has passed away, according to Dayton police Chief Richard Biehl.

His death was announced during a brief media conference Thursday afternoon.

He was 55 years old.

DelRio is survived by his wife, five daughters and multiple grandchildren, including one on the way, Biehl said.

A public visitation will be held Monday from 4 to 9 p.m. at the University of Dayton Arena.

His funeral will also be at the UD Arena Tuesday at noon.

DelRio was shot twice and critically injured Monday evening while serving a drug-related warrant as part of a DEA task force.

A medic was requested to a house in the 1400 block of Ruskin Road, but due to the severity of his injuries, officers drove DelRio to Grandview Medical Center in a marked cruiser.

On Wednesday, Chief Richard Biehl announced that DelRio’s injuries were “not survivable.”

“After a life of dedicated public service, Jorge will continue to give of himself to the greater community by being an organ donor upon his death,” Biehl said in an updated media release.

Officers were seen gathering at Grandview Hospital Thursday morning for an “honor walk” recognizing DelRio for donating his organs.

DelRio joined the Dayton Police Department in 1989. In May 2000, he became a DEA task force officer in the narcotics bureau.

“His work had impact regionally, nationally, and international,” Biehl said during a press conference Tuesday. “He was that good at what he did. He loved what he did.”

DelRio received seven written commendations, two letters of appreciation and one unit citation during his career.