Northeast Ohio police officer killed in hit-and-run crash

MENTOR, Ohio -- Police in northeast Ohio have a person in custody in connection with a hit-and-run that killed one of their own.

That person has not been charged. Police said it is unclear if the person is the driver who killed the officer.

The hit-and-run collision happened at about 1 a.m. Sunday on Ohio Route 2, just east of Route 306 in Lake County.

According to the city of Mentor, the officer was helping with a traffic stop when he was struck by what is believed to be a late-model Jeep Wrangler. It is said to be dark in color and would have sustained damage to the right front and possible right side. 

The officer was taken to TriPoint Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.

This is the first line-of-duty death for the Mentor Police Department since 1927.

The Mentor Police Department is asking the public for help finding the driver. Anyone with information is asked to call 440-205-3292.

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