Marion correction officer shot and killed in Lima

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LIMA, Ohio – A correction officer who worked at the Marion Correctional Institution was shot and killed in Lima on Friday.

Police officers responded to the 700 block of Franklin Street around 11:45 p.m. Friday.

Gregory Cooper, 31, was found lying in the roadway suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.

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Cooper was taken to Lima Memorial Hospital, where he died.

Cooper had been an employee at the Marion Correctional Institution since December 24, 2018, according to the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

Detective Steve Stechschulte with the Lima Police Department said Cooper was still in his work uniform when he was shot.

Stechschulte said Cooper’s job is not believed to have had anything to do with the shooting but police are still investigating.

If anyone has any information, they are asked to call Lima police at 419-227-4444, Detective Stechschulte at 419-812-0059, or Crimestoppers at 419-229-STOP.

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