Sandusky Remembers Officer Killed in Line of Duty

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SANDUSKY -- A community came together on Monday evening to remember a police officer who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Family, friends and residents of Sandusky gathered for a candlelight vigil at the Erie County Fallen Officers Memorial to remember police officer Andrew Dunn, 30.

Exactly one year ago, Officer Dunn was shot to death during a traffic stop.

He was the first Sandusky police officer ever to be killed in the line of duty.

"It can happen to anybody, it can happen in a small town like Sandusky," said Sandusky Police Chief Jim Lang.

Kevin Randleman, 51, is accused of killing Officer Dunn.

Around 3:30 a.m. on March 19, 2011, Officer Dunn approached Randleman as he rode a bicycle down Tyler Street.

Investigators said Randleman pulled out a gun and the two exchanged gunfire.

"It's still hard to believe that in this small town, something like that could happen.  We always thought going to work that we'd always come home.  It brings it to realization that something like this might happen to one of us, but we miss him everyday," said Bill Henderly, a police officer in nearby Perkins Twp.

Family and friends remember Andrew Dunn as a family man and the father of two sons.

They said in the year since the shooting his death has brought this community together.

"He was a very nice guy, his smile was amazing.  He did a very good job trying to clean up Sandusky and he died doing it," said family friend Amanda Herzog.

"He was just a great guy, he was always smiling.  That's what I'll always remember about Andy, he was always smiling.  He's a good family man, a good dad, loves his kids, loves his wife," said Henderly.

Kevin Randleman is expected to go to trial sometime in late May.

That's around the same time Officer Dunn's name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial wall in Washington, D.C.

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