Cop killer found dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after massive manhunt

EUCLID, OH - The search for Deshawn A. Vaughn, the suspect wanted for fatally shooting Euclid Police Officer Jacob Derbin, came to a conclusion in Shaker Heights on Sunday evening after Vaughn was found deceased of an apparent self-inflicted gun shot wound. 

Officer Derbin, 23, was tragically ambushed while responding to a disturbance call in Euclid on Saturday night, allegedly by Vaughn. The incident prompted a swift and determined pursuit of the suspect, leading to an extensive manhunt that gripped the local community. 

Law enforcement officials, including U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot, confirmed Vaughn's demise during an evening news conference. Vaughn was discovered heavily armed inside an apartment, marking the end of the intense standoff. "The manhunt is now over," Elliot said.

Vaughn had reportedly made social media posts mocking the manhunt and the death of Officer Derbin.

Chief Scott Meyer of the Euclid Police Department expressed deep sorrow over the loss of Officer Derbin, describing him as a dedicated officer who served with honor and professionalism.

Derbin's military background and commitment to public service were highlighted as exemplary qualities by his colleagues.

"He was a kind of happy-go-lucky kind of a guy," Meyer said. "He just loved public service and loved being here. He was that rare find, and I’m devastated, and his family is obviously devastated."

Derbin's father is also a police officer for the city of Euclid, according to the chief.

As investigations continue, the community has rallied around Officer Derbin's family and colleagues, offering condolences and support during this challenging time.

Funeral arrangements have been announced, providing an opportunity for the community to pay respects and honor Derbin's service.

Flags fly at half-staff across the state in remembrance of Officer Derbin's sacrifice, serving as a solemn tribute to his dedication and bravery in the line of duty.

The aftermath of this tragedy underscores the risks faced by law enforcement officers and the unwavering support of communities during this Police Memorial Week of solemnizing the fallen.

Euclid Mayor Kirsten Holzheimer Gail released the following statement about the shooting that read, in part:

"In the wake of the tragic loss of our dedicated officer, we find ourselves grappling with a profound sense of sorrow and disbelief. This moment calls for us, as a community, to come together in solidarity and support, not only to honor a hero who selflessly served and protected us but also to offer strength to one another in this time of grief. Let us unite in remembrance and gratitude for the sacrifice made, and pledge to uphold the values of compassion, resilience, and community spirit that this devastating loss so poignantly reminds us of."
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