Police Once Saved Life of Suspect Accused of Killing Ohio Officer

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Police say in 2015 they saved the life of a man – who is now accused of fatally shooting an officer in Ohio – by performing CPR and giving him Narcan. 

Jason Marble, 38, allegedly fatally shot Girard Police Department Officer Justin Leo, 31, at a home in Girard, outside Youngstown, over the weekend.

“It was rather disturbing to find out that we saved his life, and two years later he ended an officer’s life,” Liberty Township Police Chief Rich Tisone told KTLA sister station WJW in Cleveland on Monday.

Liberty Township is also outside Youngstown.

Police were called to a home on Indiana Avenue in Girard about 10 p.m. Saturday.  Shortly after they arrived, Leo was shot by Marble, according to WJW's sources. Another officer returned fire, killing Marble.

Several police flags line the street where Leo was shot. Some neighbors have blue ribbons tied on trees and placed small memorials in their yard.

Leo, 31, had worked as a police officer for Girard for about five years.

Girard Mayor Jim Melfi said in the past few days they have heard dozens of stories on how the young officer impacted so many lives.

“For example, he had a call about some young kids playing in the neighborhood, maybe trespassing and he showed up in uniform. He ended up tossing the football to them,” Melfi said.

There are others who have written on Facebook, saying the officer even helped pay for a traffic ticket that was given to a disabled veteran.

“He was an amazing person,” Melfi said.

Many lined the streets Monday waiting for police to escort Leo’s body to a funeral home in his hometown.

“I wanted to be here for his family,” said Don Whisler. “I didn’t know him. But it’s so sad. It hurts.”

Correction: An earlier version of this story gave the incorrect information for the location of Liberty Township and its distance from Girard. The story has been updated.

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