Brandon Stalker Biography — Wiki
Brandon Stalker was an Ohio police officer who was shot dead on Monday after a two-hour armed standoff, ended in gunfire and also claimed the life of a suspect who was wanted for vandalizing a Toledo cathedral by spray-painting ‘Jesus is black’ on its walls.
Toledo Police Officer Stalker was killed at around 6.22 pm when Christopher Harris emerged from the home with a firearm in both hands and fired shots in multiple directions,’ police said. One of the shots hit and killed Stalker.
Brandon Stalker Age
Brandon Stalker was 24 years old at the time of death.
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Stalker, whom Police Chief George Kral described as ‘an amazing police officer,’ leaves behind a fiancee, a seven-year-old daughter and a three-month-old son.
He had joined the police department in July 2018.
What happened to Officer Brandon Stalker?
According to police, multiple officers then returned fire and shot Harris. Both men were pronounced dead at a hospital.
‘The entire Toledo Police family is in shock. Another hero has paid the ultimate sacrifice protecting the residents of Toledo,’ said Chief Kral.
Kral said the standoff started about 4 pm when officers noticed a man with warrants out for his arrest for defacing Rosary Cathedral with graffiti and setting its doors on fire earlier that day smoking outside a home in a residential neighborhood.
Officers approached the man, later identified as Harris, who fled, brandishing a firearm and entered a nearby home in the 2200 block of Fulton Street.
Police set up a barrier and a SWAT team was called in. Negotiators had tried for hours to get Harris to surrender peacefully. Harris, posting under the user name ‘Danny Love’ on Facebook, wrote in a status update at the time: ‘Standoff’ with the police.’
SWAT team officers then used tear gas to force him out. Harris exited holding two guns and opened fire in multiple directions.
One of the suspect’s rounds hit Stalker in the head, Toledo Chief Kral said. Police shot back, striking Harris. Stalker was placed into a police vehicle and rushed to Mercy St. Vincent’s Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The suspect also was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
What we know so far about Brandon Stalker
Stalker is the 32nd Toledo police officer to be killed in the line of duty.
‘This has been a very difficult time,’ Kapszukiewicz said. ‘It is a very difficult day for the city.’
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine ordered flags to be flown at half-staff in honor of the fallen officer.
A GoFundMe campaign has been launched to help Stalker’s family with his funeral expenses.