CLEVELAND (AP) — An off-duty Cleveland police officer was shot and killed in a carjacking, and a suspect is in custody, authorities said.
The officer, whose name has not been released, was relatively new to the force and fought back but was shot twice during a robbery of his vehicle early Friday evening on Cleveland’s west side, officials said.READ MORE: Adorable Newborns At Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center Dress Up In Terrible Towels
The shooter took the officer’s vehicle, which was tracked down in suburban Euclid, where the suspect was arrested, police say.
The officer was pronounced dead on arrival at Fairview Hospital.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Weather: The Snow Has Arrived
“My heart is aching for the family, for our officers. Senseless. It just doesn’t make any sense,” said incoming Cleveland Police Chief Wayne Drummond.
It’s the first fatal shooting of a Cleveland police officer since detective James Skernivitz was shot and killed in September 2020 during an undercover drug operation. A police informant was also killed.MORE NEWS: Live Winter Storm Tracker: Snow Now Expected To Reach 6-12 Inches In Pittsburgh
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