TOLEDO -- We're getting a better look at the 15-year-old accused of firing the fatal shot that killed a Toledo Police vice detective. Robert Jobe will appear before a juvenile judge in Toledo on Thursday morning. The incident has shocked Toledo, and the people who knew Jobe.
Toledo Police Detective Keith Dressel was killed by a single bullet to the chest after a confrontation in north Toledo on Wednesday. Police Chief Mike Navarre says Dressel and two other undercover officers stopped two people on Ontario Street around 2:00am. When the officers identified themselves as police, the two suspects ran.
Officer Todd Miller and Detective William Bragg were able to run after 19-year-old Sherman Powell, and take him into custody. Dressel ran after Jobe, confronted him, and exchanged gunfire. Dressel was hit with the fatal shot. Jobe was not wounded.
"It's just a sad day," said Bill MacCaulay, Robert Jobe's next door neighbor. He says he knew Jobe's family well and he's shocked by what's happened with the shooting. "My heart goes out to the officer and his family. And also to the mother because she's tried to keep him from doing wrong," said MacCaylay.
Police have identified the woman who is Jobe's legal guardian. Jobe posted a note... misspellings and all... on his mother's MySpace page on the Internet that makes reference to him having an ankle monitor and being on probation until he's 18.
A neighborhood meeting Wednesday night near Jobe's home had people talking about a Block Watch program. Those who know Jobe's family are sad for the relatives of both Detective Keith Dressel and the 15-year-old. "I think he got involved in the wrong crowd in the neighborhood and ended up being a product of the environment," said David Perry, who attended the meeting.
Dressel was first hired as a Toledo Police officer in 1993. Police Chief Mike Navarre says his current assignment was in the vice/narcotics bureau. Navarre says he also worked in field operations and communications. His personnel file says he was commended for bravery in 1998, when he ran into a burning building on Bancroft, and helped save an elderly man from the fire.
Navarre says Dressel was not wearing a bullet-resistant vest, nor was he required to as an undercover vice detective. The Lucas County Coroner says Dressel died of a single gunshot wound that perforated his heart. The case was ruled a homicide.
Dressel is survived by his wife and two children, ages 6 and 4.
The last time a Toledo Police officer was killed in the line of duty was September, 18, 1970. Patrolman William Miscannon was shot and killed during a turbulent time in Toledo when race relations were very strained. Miscannon was just 33-years-old and the father of four.
A suspect was arrested for Miscannon's murder, and he went on trial twice, but each time the case ended with a hung jury.
The web site Ohio's Fallen Officers says a total of 31 police officers have been killed in the line of duty in the city of Toledo. Dressel's death would make the total 32. The site says Ohio ranks 5th in the nation for deaths in the line of duty.