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Toledo Detective Killed in Line of Duty

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - A detective was shot and killed early Wednesday while chasing a 15-year-old boy who police say was apparently involved in a drug deal.

A few hours later, the boy surrendered to police at a duplex where he had been hiding. Police spokeswoman Diana Ruiz-Krause said the arrest was made without incident.

The boy was being questioned by police.

Detective Keith Dressel, 35, is the first Toledo officer to die in the line of duty since 1970 when a patrolman was shot and killed during a race riot.

The detective was shot once in the chest during the chase through a thick fog, said Police Chief Mike Navarre.

Dressel and two other officers had stopped the 15-year-old and a 19-year-old man while patrolling the area around 2 a.m, Navarre said.

Officers apparently interrupted a drug transaction and the two ran, Navarre said. The officers quickly stopped the 19-year-old and Dressel pursued the other.

"There was an exchange of gunfire. We know that Detective Dressel did fire his weapon. We do not know if the suspect was hit with any of those shots that were fired," Navarre said.

Dressel was taken to St. Vincent Mercy Medical Center where he was pronounced dead just after 2:30 a.m.

Dressel joined the force in 1993 and was assigned to the vice and narcotics bureau.

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