Charged: Suspects Plead Not Guilty in East Cleveland Firefighter Shooting, Burglary

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) – Cleveland Police have arrested and charged three suspects who shot an off-duty East Cleveland firefighter during a burglary attempt.

The three suspects pled not guilty in court Tuesday to all charges and were handed down a 150K bond.

The shooting happened just after 10 a.m. Saturday at 1750 Catalpa Avenue.

Fifth District zone cars arrived on scene and located 28-year-old Jonathan Alexander with a gunshot wound to the back.

East Cleveland Fire Department confirmed late Saturday evening to 19 Action News that Jonathan Alexander was off duty when the incident occurred and declined any other comments to respect his family.

The officers were informed by Alexander's brother, who lives with him, that he was at home when he heard noises downstairs. Upon checking the noises he observed one of the arrested males downstairs with a gun in hand.  The males reportedly entered the home and took property then tried to leave.

As the males were attempting to leave the house, Jonathan Alexander arrived home and confronted the males as they were attempting to flee in a red Pontiac Grand Prix. Alexander attempted to take the keys out of the ignition to keep the males from leaving and was shot in the back by the passenger in the back seat.

After shooting Alexander, the males fled the scene.

Alexander was conveyed to Huron Road Hospital by EMS, where he remained in critical condition Sunday.

Fifth District officers toured the area for the suspect vehicle which was located at Nottingham and St. Clair.

The vehicle was stopped and the males were placed under arrest without incident.

After a search of the vehicle following the arrest, a semiautomatic black and silver pistol was found.

Cleveland Police arrested 21-year-old Antonio Garner, 21-year-old Raymond Moss and 21-year-old Derrick Johnson Jr.

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