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OFFICER DOWN: Toledo Officer Shot One Time in Standoff Dies
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OFFICER DOWN: Toledo Officer Shot One Time in Standoff Dies

by Leah AnayaJanuary 18, 2021

Toledo, OH – Chief George Kral with the Toledo Police Department said that one of his officers was shot and killed Monday evening in a standoff.

Officer Brandon Stalker was struck one time during the incident which began around 3:30pm Monday evening in the 2300 block of Fulton Street. Officers noticed a suspect at that location and believed he was wanted in connection to a cathedral being vandalized earlier in the day.

After police made contact with the suspect, he pulled out a firearm and went into a nearby house. SWAT and a negotiator were called to the scene. They negotiated with the man for several hours, and eventually used gas in the house.

The suspect came out with two firearms and started shooting at officers. He hit Officer Stalker, who was on the perimeter at the scene. He was rushed to the hospital but died from his injuries.

Officer Stalker was 24 years old and had been with the department since July of 2018. He leaves behind a fiance and young child.

At a press conference, Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz said, “This is a very dark and hurtful day for the city of Toledo. It comes at a time when the Toledo Police Department has had to endure too many dark and terrible days in the past six months.”

The suspect was also shot during the encounter, but his injuries and condition are unknown at this time.

About The Author
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya
Leah Anaya is a medically retired police officer. She served for three years at the Oakland Police Department, and just under five at a department in Washington State. Before that, she was an intelligence analyst in the US Army. She is now a stay at home mom living with her husband, who is still serving as a police officer, and their three children. She also grew up as the daughter of a police officer in California. Leah is now a writer and Deputy Editor at Law Enforcement News Network as well as the Business Manager for Washington State FOP. She's a peer support advocate for The Wounded Blue and Serve and Protect. You can find her on social media @leahmsanaya or at www.leahanaya.com.
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