Ohio police react to shooting death of Cleveland officer

    Ohio police react to shooting death of Cleveland officer

    (WJW) — Ohio police officers gave their condolences following the shooting death of a 27-year-old Cleveland police officer early Thursday.

    Cleveland police officer Jamieson Ritter, whose identity police revealed Thursday afternoon, was a four-year veteran of the police department, according to a news release.

    The four-year Cleveland police officer was killed just before 1 a.m. while attempting to apprehend a felonious assault suspect near Wade Park, according to authorities.

    A 24-year-old Cleveland man has been arrested and charged with aggravated murder, the FOX 8 I-Team reported.

    “This is a very sad day for the officer’s family, his family in blue and the City of Cleveland,” Cleveland Police Union President Andy Gasiewski said Thursday morning.

    Local law enforcement agencies issued statements on social media Thursday:

    Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office

    On behalf of the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, I extend my condolences to the members of the Cleveland Division of Police on the senseless and tragic killing of Police Officer Jamieson Ritter. This is another stark reminder of the increasing violence against law enforcement, and the danger faced by those who answer the call to duty. My heart breaks for Officer Jamieson Ritter’s family and loved ones. The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters of the Cleveland Division of Police. 

    Cuyahoga County Executive Chris Ronayne

    Shaker Heights Police Department

    The Shaker Heights Police Department is deeply saddened to learn of the line-of-duty murder of a 27-year old Cleveland police officer overnight. We stand today in mourning for the officer, and offer our deepest sympathies to his family and to the Cleveland Division of Police. We ask that our community keep the officer and his family in their thoughts.

    Fairlawn Police Department

    This morning, we were saddened to learn of the tragic news regarding the death of a Cleveland Police Officer. The officer was fatally shot while trying to apprehend a suspect. The Fairlawn Police Department expresses its deepest sympathies and stands in solidarity with the Cleveland Division of Police during this difficult time. Our hearts and prayers go out to the officer’s family, colleagues, and everyone impacted by this heartbreaking loss.

    Fairport Harbor Police Department

    Heartfelt condolences on behalf of the Fairport Harbor Police Department to the family of the Cleveland police officer that was killed in the line of duty last night.

    Burton Village Police Department

    We are saddened to learn of the line of duty loss of a Cleveland Police Officer. The officer was shot and transported to the hospital where they succumbed to their injuries. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family, friends and colleagues.

    Solon Police Department

    Members of the Solon Police Department are saddened by the news that a Cleveland Police Officer was shot and killed in the line of duty last night. The name of the 27-year-old Officer has not been released, pending notifications. Please keep CPD and the family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.

    Chardon Police Department

    Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cleveland Police Department and the family of their officer who was killed in the line of duty this morning.

    Perkins Township Police Department

    The news of the fallen Officer from the Cleveland Police Department hits hard, a tragic reminder of the dangers first responders face every day. Our hearts ache for the bravery and sacrifice shown by this hero in the line of duty.

    To the Fallen Officer, their loved ones, colleagues, and the entire Cleveland Division of Police, we send our fervent thoughts and prayers during this incredibly tough time. Your courage will never be forgotten.

    Nine other Northeast Ohio police officers have been killed in the line of duty in criminal incidents over the last 10 years, according to the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police. On the Cleveland police force, those deaths include:

    • Shane Bartek, who was killed on Dec. 31, 2021, in a carjacking on Cleveland’s west side, shot twice while struggling with the suspect for her gun.
    • James Michael Skernivitz, who was shot and killed Sept. 3, 2020, while in a car in an attempted robbery near West 65th Street and Storer Avenue in Cleveland.
    • David J. Fahey Jr., who was killed Jan. 24, 2017, by a hit-and-run driver while assisting at the scene of a fatal crash on Interstate 90.

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