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Cleveland City Councilman says off-duty officers to patrol near-West Side in wake of Ohio City shooting

October 3, 2018

Cleveland City Councilman says off-duty officers to patrol near-West Side in wake of Ohio City shooting

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Cleveland City Council member Kerry McCormack said in a video posted to Facebook that off-duty Cleveland police officers will patrol near-West Side neighborhoods in response to recent violence, including a Monday shooting that left three people hurt in Ohio City.

McCormack, whose Ward 3 includes Ohio City, Tremont, the Stockyards and downtown Cleveland, outlined his plans in a video posted Tuesday morning on the Facebook page for the Ohio City Crime Watch.

He also said he will establish an anti-violence task force and advocate for initiatives that could keep the area safe, such as security cameras and increased staffing levels for the Cleveland police department.

“This is my neighborhood, this is your neighborhood, and this is our neighborhood,” McCormack said. “As a homeowner in Ohio City, I take these issues very seriously. I love our community.”

The full video can be viewed at the top of this post.

In the Facebook video, McCormack offers details of the shooting and says he spoke to Mayor Frank Jackson, Cleveland police Chief Calvin Williams, Public Safety Director Michael McGrath, and Second District Cmdr. Thomas Stacho about his concerns over recent violence in the area.

He said his office will partner with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance to have off-duty police officers patrol the near-West Side area of Ward 3. Those supplementary patrols will be Downtown Cleveland Alliance-branded vehicles, he said.

McCormack also said he wants to establish a Ward 3 safety task force, which will include residents, community development corporations, and representatives from Cleveland’s Public Safety Department. The task force will work together on coordinated responses to any safety issues that arise, he said.

McCormack also promised to support any technology that could help reduce crime, such as the high-tech street lights equipped with security cameras that the city of Cleveland has proposed buying.

He also said he will advocate for the hiring of more police officers to patrol the city’s streets.

“It is my full commitment to ensure that issues like this, and other quality of life issues, are dealt with swiftly so that we can continue to build toward an even better community,” McCormack said in the video.

An argument over a cellphone led to the shooting that happened about 9:30 p.m. Monday on West 25th Street near Lorain Avenue, police said. Two men and a woman were hurt.

The suspected shooter, a 66-year-old man, was shot in the face during a fight over the gun, police said. He was arrested on suspicion of felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon, obstructing justice and possessing a weapon under disability.

A 36-year-old woman was shot in the head as she tried to break up the fight, and she needed surgery to remove the bullet from her forehead, police said.

A 34-year-old man was also shot in the chest and arm, police said.

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