NORTH TOLEDO -- Monday was a day when attention was centered on the funeral services for Detective Keith Dressel, a Toledo vice detective who was killed in the line of duty. But just hours after he was buried, people in north Toledo were talking about the need to build trust and make their neighborhood safer.
Detective Dressel was shot and killed last Wednesday after a confrontation in north Toledo. Police say Dressel and two other undercover officers confronted 15-year-old Robert Jobe and 19-year-old Sherman Powell on Ontario Street around 2:00am. Jobe and Powell ran, and when Dressel caught up to Jobe, police say Jobe pulled a .38 caliber Smith & Wesson and fired once, hitting Dressel in the chest.
The other two officers tackled Powell and took him into custody. Jobe ran from the scene, then turned himself in shortly after 11:00am that same day. Both Jobe and Powell are in jail, awaiting further court action.
Monday's funeral for Keith Dressel drew hundreds of police officers to a church in Temperance, Michigan. He was eulogized as a dedicated family man and dedicated police officer. Those hundreds of police officers then formed a 5-mile-long procession to the cemetery, where Dressel was buried with full honors.
"I couldn't stop crying," said north Toledo resident Evelyn McCauley. She says watching the funeral for Detective Dressel made her think about her grandchildren who are the same age as the teen accused of shooting the detective, and children who are Dressel's age. "The thought's crossed my mind -- it could have been one of mine."
McCauley lives next door to Robert Jobe, who's facing murder charges in the shooting. She says she thinks Jobe feels badly about what's happened and he's even made a request while locked up. "Robert wanted a Bible and that they gave him a Bible so we just hope he will change his life," she said.
"I'm sure Bobby was thinking that he had a lot of regret within his heart," said David Perry, another north Toledo resident who lives in the neighborhood where the shooting happened. Perry says he knows Jobe pretty well. "They say he didn't feel remorse in the courtroom, but I think he was feeling a lot of remorse today," said Perry.
Whether or not there's a change in Jobe, some neighbors say it's time for a change in this area. Evelyn wants to start a block watch and more. "Try to get the people to come out and reach out and not be afraid," she said.
Her husband, Bill, agreed. "People in the community do start coming together and push some of these drug dealers out where they belong," said Bill McCauley. He says he just talked to Jobe's mother on Sunday and she's hurting, for her family and the for the Dressels.
Meanwhile, a community is hurting. "It is an eye opener," said Evelyn.