Girard police officer who was shot has passed away; suspect dead after officers respond to home

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GIRARD, Ohio– The mayor of Girard says a police officer who was shot in the chest has passed away.

The officer has been identified as Justin Leo, Girard Mayor Jim Melfi confirmed on Sunday.

The shooting happened late Saturday on Indiana Ave. in Girard, which is located in Trumbull County.

Leo was taken to the hospital in critical condition and was going into surgery.

A short time later, Girard Mayor Jim Melfi said the officer had died.  “This is the worst experience I have had; I am heartbroken,” Melfi said.

Mayor Melfi said the officer’s partner shot and killed the gunman.

It happened as officers responded to a call at a home, but circumstances were not immediately available. BCI is on the way to the scene to help investigate.

Stay with FOX 8 News and for more details as they become available.

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