Sandusky officer shot, killed

(UPDATED WITH AUDIO CLIPS) Sandusky police Officer Andrew "Andy' Dunn died early Saturday morning after being gunned down while patrolling the streets of Sandusky.
Susan McMillan
Mar 25, 2011

Sandusky police Officer Andrew “Andy” Dunn died early Saturday morning after being gunned down while patrolling the streets of Sandusky.

The grisly scene played out shortly after 3 a.m. as shouts of "Shots fired!" and "Officer down!" rang out from the police scanner and officers rushed to the scene.

Dunn had approached Kevin D. Randleman, 50, 900 block W. Adams St., as Randleman rode down Tyler Street on a bicycle.

The two exchanged gunfire, with Dunn sustaining multiple gunshot wounds and Randleman sustaining at least one gunshot wound.

Firefighters rushed Dunn to Firelands Regional Medical Center's emergency room, where doctors pronounced him dead at 4:33 a.m.

Dunn, 30, is the first Sandusky police officer to die in the line of duty in more than a century and the first ever killed by gunfire.

 

Traffic stop

The Erie County Sheriff’s office is investigating the incident with the help of the state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.

So far they’ve determined that Dunn, while patrolling the area of Tyler Street and Hayes Avenue, spotted Randleman on a bicycle. Dunn asked dispatchers to check for warrants on Randleman, but dispatchers didn't find any.

Dunn then tried to stop Randleman. Radio traffic indicates Randleman refused to stop.

“This was self-initiated activity by Officer Dunn, doing what he did every day in his job as a police officer,” Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Sigsworth said about the stop.

Once Randleman did stop, Dunn got out of his patrol car. It’s not clear what happened after that, but another Sandusky officer arrived just after shots were fired, Sigsworth said. Investigators are trying to determine who fired first.

“Shots fired! Shots fired! Shots fired!” the second officer yelled into his radio. He then reported that an officer had been downed with gunshot wounds to the chest.

Dunn wore a bulletproof vest, a standard protocol for officers on patrol, noted interim Sandusky police Chief Jim Lang. Sigsworth declined to specify the locations of Dunn’s wounds or at what range shots were fired. The Lucas County coroner’s office will perform an autopsy as soon as Monday.

 

Investigation continues

Collection of evidence and analysis of the crime scene lasted several hours Saturday.

The shooting took place between the hospital’s Professional Center I and Professional Center II. Randleman’s bike still lay on the sidewalk late Saturday morning. Numbered tags marked the spots where bullet casings and a handgun fell to the ground nearby. Six bullet holes dented the windowpanes of Professional Center II.

Police barricaded the entire block between Hayes Avenue and Prospect Street as officers combed the area for clues.

One thing’s clear: Both Dunn’s firearm and the other handgun were fired, and no one else fired any shots, Sigsworth said.

Nearby residents said gunfire startled them awake. They looked outside as more than a dozen cars from several law enforcement agencies swarmed the scene.

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Ron Lunsford, who has lived in his Prospect Street home for 40 years, said he heard at least five gunshots.

“I heard pop pop pop pop pop,” he said. “It sounded like a high-powered gun. It didn’t sound like a little .22.”

Polk Street resident Jason Scott said he and his neighbor heard more like 10 shots. Scott called his dogs, grabbed his gun and went out to his backyard, which overlooks the crime scene.

He didn’t realize at the time that a police officer had been shot, but he heard someone shouting that “Kevin” had done it. He overheard other officers, too.

“I heard them talking to the cop, telling him he was going to be OK and everything,” Scott said. “But evidently he wasn’t.”

 

See Sunday's Register for more coverage of Saturday's tragic events including timelines, a profile of Officer Dunn, a profile of Randleman's criminal history and community and family reaction.

Comments

Louie

This is sad but it goes to show you how bad things are and its going to get worse.

Just Thinkin

Why even treat the scum bag ? let alone fly IT to Toledo !! IT should have laid thier till the waste of life expired as a taxper I demand no trial just SWIFT justice by law enforcement !!!!!!

Be_informed

 Why fly that piece of trash anywhere....Just leave him in the street.. like the piece of trash he is

Erie Countian

Oh no! This is terrible. I am extremely saddened by this, and upset to see how my hometown is deteriorating right before my eyes. Sandusky used to be such a nice place, but it is being destroyed by low lifes and criminals. Prayers to the officer's family and to SPD.

Be_informed

 Sorry must slow down...take a breath... count to 5000.......Nope didn't help..he is still scum

MrSandusky

Mr. Westerhold and the rest of his cop hating buddies at the Register will milk this and the funeral for all the extra circulation that they can, just watch.

I hope that Officer Dunn's family is not forgotten in this, I think we all need to make sure they get nothing but the best.

starryeyes83

Very sad.
Lemme guess, the s.o.b was on crack and looking for a fix, right? If this doesn't wake up the city officials and tell them that your town has turned into a cesspool like Detroit- nothing will.

rbenn

And just think the taxpayers payed for this scums helecopter ride and medical treatment. I personally hope he dies!

Bedelia Buckeye

 Andy was a hero a died as a hero. Being a cop was one of the most important things to him. A great dad to the most adorable sons I've ever seen, and a great husband to my cousin. He will be missed dearly in this family. 

Cityslicker

 It would be in the SR's best interest not to try and interview the Officers dad.

SanMommy2

I heard about this at about 3:40 this morning, and have talked about this story all morning. Why are you just now reporting this SR?? You report everything else on a timely manner.

My prayers go out to the Dunn Family, as well as the SPD. Sandusky this has got to stop. I pray this a wake up call for the folks who decide to be out at 3am for no reason. You aren't at work, the bars are closed. GO TO BED. It's just a sad day in Sandusky that our people have resulted in such embarrassing, no moral behavior. To take someone's life over something that couldn't possibly be worth it.

Again my prayers to the Dunn family, SPD, hospital staff, SFD, and everyone involved, also to the suspected gunman. Yes I'm praying for you because whether you die I'm asking God to have mercy on your soul, and if you live that you will be remorseful, repent, and that whatever happens to you in the courtroom, or prison that God be with you!

streak

My thoughts and prayers go out to the family.

E40below

this is where i get pissed because of these druggies taking over our city and we gotta pay taxes not only to keep em locked up, but to TREAT them after they KILL an officer. i agree that they shouldve just let the scum rot where they lay.

Bada Bing

Yea,I heard about it first on FB as well...5minutes later it was on SR!

Just Thinkin

Bet you he was a fine young  down trodded young man who just needs love and understanding LOL HANG HIM and NOW ! Bet this gets removed cause well ya'll know why Hey JUDGES how many times did he come before you and what is your respones ?????????????????

beepx22

 i expect there will be a zero tolerence now in sandusky.... Good.  The shame is that a Good Cop had to die for this to happen.  Andy Dunn was a Good Cop, and and Good Person.  He will be missed.

yourallpetty

if it is who i hear it is that shoot him he was the guy that got shoot in the leg on handcock last summer and if it was him hes seen a judge 50 times at least

called out

I hope this B#stard dies! RIP OFFICER DUNN! You were a good man, good friend, great officer and a wonderful father and husband

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Mime Bloggling

 Prayers to Officers Dunn' s family. No greater sacrifice....

Willie T.

My prayers and my heart go out to this young man's family and friends.  Sandusky is my former home town, and it saddens me to see what Sandusky is becoming.  This is not the hope and change that I can believe in, just more of the same, and on steroids, at that. 

Slm200807

Prayers to the family & friends of Mr. Andy Dunn gone but not forgotten 

00SEVEN

This is unacceptable. It's time we take the city back once and for all. I know the Ragister will delete this post since they have issues with posting public information. Please look closely at the reports by Randleman and take heed to the Judge O'Brian how he suspends jail times for repeat offences. The first issue at hand will be to have O'Brian removed from his duties since he chooses to have a soft heart even for this worthless piece of flesh that killed Officer Dunn. Read for yourself how O'Brian has let him off time and time again with minimum penalties. The whole family that's posted are worthless.

 

 

 

 

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I THINK IT'S TIME TO HAVE O'BRIAN REMOVED FROM HIS DUTIES SINCE THE POLICE BRING THESE LOW LIFES TO JUSTICE ONLY TO GET A SLAP ON THE WRIST, AND NOW AN OFFICER IS KILLED BECAUSE OF HIS BLEEDING HEART.

RIP Andrew!!

Jonester714

And Baxter for that matter. I am not claimng to know what happened at his murder trial back in 1990 or whenever it happened but from what I have heard, it obviously should have been an open and shut casefor murder and this man should be in prison today. However, our prosecutor must have been sitting in the bar instead of doing his job as he was aquitted. What a shame. Nice job Mr. prosecutor!

spensmom

This is so sad. I grew up with him. He was such a nice guy and wanted nothing more than to be a police officer. He passed away doing what he loved. My prayers go out to his family and he will be a wonderful guardian angel for his little boys. He earned his wings long ago.

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Grandmacat

I send my condolences to Andrew's wife and children and to his parents.  My heart goes out to you !!

 

Taxpayer

May God be with the family and loved ones of this officer who gave up his life in protecting the city.  What is going on with our great society?  I do NOT even remember when a SPD officer was KILLED in the line of duty in a gun battle.  We need to WAIT and see what the investigation produces.  No one knows what happened and the people and press are not privy to anything until the investigation is completed.  All I do know is Sandusky now joins many cities where they have lost one of their honorable own and the entire city, county and state mourn a great LE officer.  The FBI Uniform Crime Report will show "Law officers killed" have suddenly SPIKED across this nation.  Can anyone speculate why?  I also want to know the causal factors as to what and how this could happen.  So how do we stop this behavior?  Already there is immature and usual BLAME going on in the blogs.  BLAME right now is of NO help to anyone.  NONE!   NONE of us even know what happened.  Why don't you people who love to BLAME get off your self-serving soapbox and help take care of the family of this officer FIRST?  Now a family is without a father, husband and son.  The entire SPD and LE community are in total disbelief and bereavement.  It that too much to ask?  This involves a family where LE service has been inherent.  I know the father of this great officer who is also a great SPD officer.  The entire LE community is in total grief and sorrow.  "Dear Lord, a warrior comes directly to You.  Please comfort him, his entire family and all his friends.  Andy was an excellent police officer and served with exceptional performance, dignity and integrity.  He and his father are the examples of the great officers who decided to be protectors and serve as members of the Sandusky Police Department."           

tk

Taxpayer, What a change for you.  This fine policeman was one of the union members you have been trashing for the past few weeks.  Now do you still think they don't earn their pay and benefits?

My sympathies to the Dunn family. 

PTBarnumWouldBeProud

tk...I'm not here to defend "taxpayer," but this is hardly the time to go in that direction.  

SanduskyNow

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