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Former police officer accused of taking slain cop charity funds

LEBANON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in southwest Ohio say a former police officer kept money from a golf tournament meant to benefit the family of a deputy killed during a high-speed chase.

Warren County authorities say former Morrow police officer Ryan Hunt has been charged with theft. Deputy Brian Dulle was killed in 2011 when hit while putting down stop sticks to try to halt a stolen car driven by Marcus Isreal, who is now serving 25 years to life in prison.

Hunt will be arraigned Wednesday. There was no phone listing for him available Tuesday.

WLWT in Cincinnati reports that Hunt organized a memorial golf tournament a couple months after Dulle's death, but kept $4,600 raised.

"It was seemingly a fun, well-meaning event to help a family who suffered a huge loss," said Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims. "To steal from your friend who was killed, and his family, it's just unspeakable."

Sims said people started getting suspicious when Hunt began organizing a second memorial tournament.

"It didn't pass the smell test," Sims said.

Investigators say he finally gave nearly all the money to the Dulle family's memorial fund after they opened their case.

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