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.
It came Sunday morning after a deputy who worked for the Clark County Sheriff’s office responded to a report about a man shot to death in a mobile home in the town of Harmony, she said.
The sheriff identified the deputy as Matthew Yates, a 15-year-old employee of the department.
Harmony Township is about 40 miles northeast of Dayton, about halfway to Columbus.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the incident.
The sheriff provided more details in a prepared statement late Sunday evening:
“At 10:51 this morning, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office received an emergency call stating that an unidentified woman broke into the house at 1132 Ashwood Dr in Harmony Estates Mobile Home Park and fired 5 to 6 shots.
“When the deputies arrived at the scene to conduct an investigation, they tried to check the inside of the residence, but at that time they were met with gunshots. Clark County Sheriff’s Deputy Matthew Yates was hit by gunshots and fell inside the residence. Clark County Special Operations and several surrounding tactical teams were called in to help rescue the downed aide.
“Yates’ assistant was flown by Careflight to Miami Valley Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Deputy Yates was a 15-year veteran of the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and a valuable member of the Special Operations Team.
“Currently, there is no threat to the population. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was called to investigate this incident, and as the investigation continues, we will not be answering questions at this time. Please keep the Yeats family in your thoughts and prayers.”
Several law enforcement agencies and elected officials expressed their sympathy on social media.
“His family, loved ones and colleagues are in our thoughts and prayers,” the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Congressman Warren Davidson, who represents the district between Cincinnati and Dayton, which includes all of Butler County and half of Hamilton County, tweeted his condolences to Rep. Yates’ friends and family.
“My condolences and deepest condolences to the friends and family of Clark County Assemblyman Matthew Yates, a 15-year veteran of the security forces who was killed in a gunfight today. Thank you to all of our law enforcement who are risking everything to keep our communities safe.”
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley wrote: “My heart goes out to the loved ones of Clark County Deputy Sheriff Matthew Yates, who was killed in the line of duty tonight.”
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