Ohio cop, military veteran killed in line-of-duty ambush, suspect at large: report

A manhunt is underway in Ohio for the suspect who killed a military veteran who had been a member of the Euclid Police Department for less than a year in an ambush Saturday night.

According to WJW, shortly before 10 p.m. Saturday, 23-year-old Euclid police officer Jacob Derbin was killed when a gunman ambushed him during a disturbance call at a residence.

Derbin was taken to a local hospital but died from his injuries, WJW reported.

The suspect, whom Euclid police have identified as Deshawn Anthony Vaughn, 24, is still at large and officials say he is considered “armed and extremely dangerous.”

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Euclid Police Officer Jacob Derbin was shot Saturday night while responding to a disturbance call. (Officer Down Memorial Page)

Multiple law enforcement agencies assisted Euclid police in the search for Vaughn, who was about 6 feet 2 inches tall, weighed 220 pounds, and had black hair and brown eyes.

Police believe Vaughn, a convicted felon wanted for violating the terms of his community supervision, fled the scene and may be driving a white 2017 Volkswagen Passat with a temporary license plate in the rear window.

Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer told WJW that Derbin is an “incredible” person and that the entire department is “devastated.”

“He was an amazing person. Just a big heart. Had an incredible smile. The world is a better place with him,” said Meyer.


The Ohio Attorney General's Office released photos of a suspect wanted in Saturday's police shooting in Euclid, identified as Deshawn Anthony Vaughn. (Euclid Police Department)

According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, Derbin had been an officer with the department for the past 10 months.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost released a statement and vowed to ensure justice is served.

“The promise of protection is signed with the blood of our officers. The murderer who ambushed Officer Derbin will be found and receive the full measure of justice,” Yost wrote in a statement on X.

Yost continued his post and expressed his condolences to Derbin's family.

“It is a cruel irony that a mother lost her son on Mother’s Day and that this murder occurred just as we are preparing to commemorate our fallen during Police Memorial Week. “My heart burns with anger at this injustice to this young police officer’s family” and the Euclid Police Department. “Derbin was in his first year with the department,” said Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine also expressed his condolences to the community of Euclid.

“Fran and I extend our deepest condolences to the family of Euclid Police Officer Jacob Derbin and his brothers and sisters at @Euclid_PD. His courage and commitment to the Euclid community will not be forgotten,” DeWine wrote in a post on X.


A first-year Euclid police officer was shot and killed Saturday evening in what authorities are calling an “ambush” after officers responded to a disturbance. (Officer Down Memorial Page)

DeWine announced that in honor of Officer Derbin's life and service, all flags would be flown at half-staff on all public buildings on Cuyahoga County grounds, the Ohio Statehouse, the Vern Riffle Center and the Rhodes State Office Tower on Sunday and will be on Remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of his funeral. He added that all public buildings throughout the state of Ohio could also participate.

Derbin was engaged to Liv Wübker. According to their wedding page on The Knot, the couple was scheduled to get married on July 27 in Minister, Ohio.

“A terrible tragedy. We will miss you, Jacob. Thank you for serving your country in Kuwait and for continuing to serve and protect your community when you returned. Most of all, thank you for coming into our family and loving us all.” “Especially Liv. You will always be a part of our family and we will always miss you,” Skylar Wuebker, Officer Derbin’s future sister-in-law, wrote on Facebook.


Anyone with information about Vaughn's whereabouts is asked to contact the Euclid Police Detective Bureau at 216-289-8505 or the U.S. Marshal's Service at 1-866-492-6833.

Fox News Digital has reached out to the Euclid Police Department for comment.

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