CLEVELAND, OH – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) released the following statement today in response to the Mentor police officer killed early Sunday in a hit and run crash.

“Our hearts go out to the officer’s family, fellow officers and the entire Mentor community. We send our support to the first responders and medical professionals who came to the scene and all those investigating this terrible tragedy,” Brown said. “We are so grateful to all Ohio officers who put themselves in harm’s way protecting our communities every day.”