Police Seeking More Information Regarding Fatal Incident At Side Cut

The Maumee Police Division and Metroparks Toledo Ranger Department are seeking information about an altercation on Saturday, November 4 at approximately 1:45 p.m. near Silver Lake at Side Cut Metropark. Following the altercation, John Meeker, a Maumee resident, was transported to the hospital, where he died on November 15. Those with any information are asked to contact detective Chris Rutledge at crutledge@maumee.org or (419) 897-7033. MIRROR PHOTO COURTESY OF MAUMEE POLICE DIVISION

BY KRISTI FISH | MIRROR REPORTER — Officials from the Maumee Police Division and the Metroparks Toledo Ranger Department are asking for the public’s help in relation to an incident at Side Cut Metropark that led to a man’s death.

Paramedics were dispatched to the park’s Silver Lake area at approximately 1:45 p.m. on Saturday, November 4 following a report of an altercation between two individuals. 

John Meeker, a 76-year-old Maumee resident, was found injured at the scene. He was transported to The University of Toledo Medical Center, where he later died.

Following his death on November 15, Maumee Police Division officials were made aware of the incident and met with Metroparks Toledo staff to gather information, said Maumee Police Chief Josh Sprow.

A release was then posted to the Maumee Police Division Facebook page in an effort to gather more information on the events that transpired at the park on November 4.

“Our detectives are working alongside the Metroparks to figure out what happened,” Sprow said. “The goal of the post was to get information from witnesses and maybe the other person would step forward and give their side of things.”

While the coroner’s office has revealed that Meeker suffered blunt head trauma that included a skull fracture and underlying injuries to the brain, the circumstances of his death are still being investigated.

In order to get answers, the Metroparks and MPD are asking for witnesses who may have been at the scene to contact detective Chris Rutledge at crutledge@maumee.org or by calling (419) 987-7033.

“We just want to gather as much information as possible,” Sprow said. “We would like it if the other person involved would contact us, so we can get their version of events.”

While the matter is still under investigation, Sprow said there is not believed to be any present danger to the community.

The Maumee Police Division can be found on Facebook or at https://maumee.org/police-division/. Metroparks Toledo can be found on Facebook or at metroparkstoledo.com.

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