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1 dead, another wounded in Garfield Heights SWAT standoff

September 6, 2018

1 dead, another wounded in Garfield Heights SWAT standoff

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio — A teenager was shot and killed late Wednesday night before a SWAT unit swarmed a home in Garfield Heights following the shooting, police said. 

The suspect in the shootings surrendered to police after the standoff at the home.

A 17-year-old boy was shot in the domestic incident just before 10 p.m. in the 4800 block of East 86th Street, Garfield Heights police Chief Robert Byrne said. 

A 19-year-old woman also was shot, Byrne said. The woman was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment. She was in serious condition as of 2 a.m. Thursday, police said. 

Byrne said the four-hour-long standoff stemmed from a fight. Details about what occurred and the relationship between the two victims were not immediately known, police said. 

A man police think to be the shooter surrendered to authorities at 1:38 a.m. The man was seen walking backward from the home wearing blue jeans, a dark colored T-shirt, a baseball cap and a bullet-proof vest. He was placed into handcuffs and driven away in a patrol car. 

Authorities did not release the name of the man or the two people wounded in the shooting. 

A neighbor told cleveland.com that the shooting happened after a woman fought with her boyfriend.

Neighbor Connie Allshouse said the woman ran over to her home and asked Allshouse to call police.

“Call 911, Connie. He shot my babies, he shot my babies,” Allshouse, 67, described the woman as saying.

SWAT members asked Allshouse and other neighbors to evacuate their homes.

Allshouse said the woman fought with her boyfriend and the woman’s 17-year-old son tried to break it up. The woman told her son to run away and his 19-year-old sister would soon be returning home from work. 

Allshouse said the woman was “always afraid” of her boyfriend.

“He always threatened her and said he would kill them and set the house on fire,” Allshouse said.

More than a dozens police cars, ambulances and fire trucks lined the street just after midnight. Officers with the Valley View, Bedford and Solon police departments were also at the scene. 

East 86th Street was closed in the area. An armored SWAT vehicle arrived just before midnight.

Officers left the scene just after 2 a.m. They were waiting for a warrant to search the home. 

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