MENTOR, OH (WOIO) - A makeshift memorial is growing at the Mentor Police Department for the officer who was killed early Sunday morning during a hit-and-run crash.
The police department is welcoming the public to pay respects to the unidentified fallen officer. A collection of balloons and flowers are surrounding one of the department's cruisers.
Police say a suspect was taken into custody in connection to the fatal incident that occurred on State Route 2 at approximately 1 a.m. Sunday.
The officer was assisting a traffic stop near State Route 306 when he was struck by a late-model Jeep Wrangler, according to Mentor city officials.
Tributes from across the state poured in on social media:
The identities of both the suspect and the police officer are expected to be announced during an 11 a.m. press conference Monday.
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