CLEVELAND - On Thursday, June 2nd, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police responded to a call of a man throwing things off the 7th-floor balcony of the CMHA Union Square high rise. Some things thrown were a TV, a chair, a door, a bed frame, and even a hatchet. Officers entered the apartment of 42-year-old Demond Eskridge of Cleveland. Eskridge and an officer got into a fight. Eskridge grabbed one of the officers' guns and fired a shot before biting off the officer's finger. The officer returned fired, killing the 42-year-old man.
Cleveland Safety Director Kerrie Howard said today that Cleveland Police would handle the investigation because of the nature of the shooting.
The second incident Cleveland Police are investigating happened on May 30, 2022, around 4:00 in the morning. Cleveland Division of Police members responded to East 93rd Street and Buckeye Road to assist Maple Heights Police. Cleveland Emergency Medical Service transported a male suspect with a gunshot wound to University Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Force team members responded to the scene to investigate the shooting. Reports indicate that the Maple Heights Police Officers were pursuing the suspect vehicle believed to have been shooting into habitation incidents in Maple Heights. No officers were injured. Reports say police found a gun at the scene.
We will provide updates as they become available.
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