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Cleveland Police Detective James Skernivitz Shot and Killed

Cleveland Police Detective James Skernivitz Shot and Killed in the Line of Duty

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CLEVELAND — Northeast Ohio is mourning the death of a Cleveland police officer who was shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday night.

Although authorities say “very little information” is available at this time, here is everything we know about the situation so far:


He has been identified as 53-year-old detective James Skernivitz, a 25-year veteran of the Cleveland Police Department. Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, confirmed those details with 3News early Friday morning.


Police say the shooting took place around 10 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the area of West 65th Street and Storer Avenue. The person(s) responsible remain on the loose. Another person was also killed in the shooting, but their name has not been released.


Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson: “Personally, I want to give my condolences to the family on behalf of the city of Cleveland.”

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams: “Cleveland lost one of its finest tonight in the line of duty. We still have an ongoing investigation. We’re still looking for a suspect or suspects in this case. … We definitely need the prayers of the people in this city. This officer was out doing what all police officers do, trying protecting the people of this city and he gave his life. So we ask that you give his family a little room.”

Follmer: “A lot of prayers for his family. He was a great officer. … It’s bad. This is a bad one. They’re all bad. This one hurts.”


Authorities are searching for the suspect or suspects involved. Anybody with information is asked to call the Cleveland Police Department at 216-623-5464 or 911.

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