CLARK COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) – A veteran Ohio sheriff’s deputy was killed in the line of duty over the weekend, according to Clark County Sheriff Deborah K. Burchett.
She said the incident happened Sunday morning after the deputy, who works for the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, responded to a report of a person being shot inside a mobile home in Harmony Township.
The sheriff identified the deputy as Matthew Yates, a 15-year member of the department.
Harmony Township is about 40 miles northeast of Dayton, about half way from Columbus.
The Ohio Department of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.
The sheriff provided more details in a prepared statement late Sunday:
“At 10:51 a.m. this morning, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call reporting that an unidentified woman broke into the residence at 1132 Ashwood Dr in Harmony Estates Mobile Home Park and shot from 5 to 6 shots.
“When deputies arrived at the scene to investigate, they tried to check inside the mansion, at which point they were met with gunfire. Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Yates was hit by a bullet and went down inside the mansion. Clark County Task Force and several surrounding tactical teams were called in and facilitated a rescue of the downed lieutenant.
“First officer Yates was taken to a hospital in Miami Valley by Careflight, where he battled his injuries. Deputy Yates is a 15-year veteran of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and an important member of the Special Operations Team.
“At this time there is no threat to the public. The Ohio Department of Criminal Investigation has been called in to investigate this incident and as it is an ongoing investigation, we will not be taking questions at this time. Please keep the Yates family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Many law enforcement agencies and elected officials have expressed their agreement on social media.
“His family, loved ones, and colleagues are in our thoughts and prayers,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a tweet.
Representative Warren Davidson, who represents a county located between Cincinnati and Dayton that includes all of Butler County and half of Hamilton County, offered his condolences to Deputy Yates’ friends and family.
“My deepest condolences and sympathies to the friends and family of Clark County Deputy Matthew Yates, a 15-year veteran of this force who was killed by gunfire today. Thank you to all of our law enforcement agencies who risked everything to keep our community safe. “
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley wrote: “My heart goes out to the loved ones of Clark County Sheriff, Deputy Sheriff Matthew Yates, who was killed tonight in the line of duty.”
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