Reward available in sanitation worker killing

D'Shane Wilcox murder

(Cuyahoga County) - Cleveland police are continuing to search for the suspect who gunned down a city sanitation worker in the Mount Pleasant neighborhood on Tuesday.  

Twenty-eight year old D'Shane Wilcox was on the job when he was struck by gunfire on East 138th Street. 

The suspect is a dark-skinned black man in a black hooded sweatshirt. A $2,500 reward is now available for vital information in the case, and tipsters can remain anonymous by calling 216-623-5464. 

Among those expressing outrage is a David Biderman, executive director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America. 

Biderman says this is the second incident he is aware of this year, in which a waste collection employee was shot and killed on the route. 

Biderman explains, waste collection is the 5th most dangerous job in America, and that Wilcox was doing a difficult, often thankless dirty job, when he was killed.  

Ernest Williams Jr, a sanitation worker who knew Wilcox and complained of the dangers involved in waste collection. He told Newsradio WTAM 1100 of having to deal with angry and inconsiderate residents, thugs, as well as threatening motorists. 

According to detectives, officers responded to a call for shots fired in the 3600 block of East 138th Street, where they found Wilcox on the ground. They and EMS administered first aid, but Wilcox died at the scene. 

Two other sanitation employees were with Wilcox at the time, working their route when they heard shots fired and took cover. Victims 2 and 3 entered the vehicle, but Wilcox was shot in the street. The suspect fled on foot.

Wilcox was a father of two, and was hired as a garbage collector in May 2017.

(Photos by Ken Robinson/WTAM)

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