An off-duty officer with the Danville (VA) Police Department died unexpectedly at his residence in Patrick County on Tuesday evening, the agency announced on social media.

According to the agency's post on Facebook, Officer Eric Goff was assigned to the agency's patrol division in April.

The Facebook post said, "Eric distinguished himself as an officer and was recognized as the Danville Police Department’s July 2019 Officer of the Month. He is best remembered by his friends and fellow officers as someone who was light-hearted and could make you laugh."

Chief Scott Booth expressed the Department's sadness by saying, "The Danville community mourns the loss of one of our officers. Officer Goff was a great police officer and an important member of our department—he will be missed."