DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The Dayton Police Department is lending its support to the Columbus Police Department after one of their own was fatally shot in the line of duty.
Columbus Police Officer Steven Smith died Tuesday afternoon from injuries he suffered during a SWAT stand-off early Sunday morning.
Police say 44-year-old Lincoln Rutledge shot Smith while officers were trying to arrest him for allegedly setting his estranged wife’s house on fire. This actually wasn’t the first time Smith was shot in the line of duty. He was also shot back in 2013.
Now, the Dayton PD is hoping to help in any way they can. They plan to send a group of officers to the funeral–which is yet to be set. The Montgomery County Law Enforcement Memorial Committee will be sending a group of officers from area departments as well.
Dayton Police Lieutenant Mark Ponichtera says coming together at a time like this is important for all those involved.
“It could be any one of us,” Ponichtera said. “It has happened 24 times in our community and so it happens all over the state and unfortunately this does happen in our line of work. We know that going into it so we need to show solidarity at a time like this.”