Security guard, under attack, fatally shoots two male suspects

Clarence Flowers
Clarence Flowers

Two men are dead, and a security guard injured, after a bar brawl on the city's east side early Thursday morning.

The double shooting happened around 1 a.m. at the Top Cats Pub & Grill on East 67th and St. Clair.

Police say the victims and eight to ten other men were assaulting the bar security guard, Byron Gilson. During the assault, the men tried to take Gilson's firearm and drag him into a restroom. As Gilson was being assaulted and dragged, he discharged his firearm and fatally struck two of the men, 33-year-old Roosevelt Guins and 25-year-old Alexander Burks.

After discharging his weapon, the other men backed off, however, they did not leave. Gilson discharged his weapon into the ceiling, and the men fled the scene.

Gilson was conveyed to Euclid Hospital, where he was treated for his injuries.

As a result of the Homicide Unit's investigation, one of the men who tried to take the security guard's weapon, 32-year-old Clarence Flowers, was arrested for Aggravated Robbery.

The Cleveland Division of Police is asking that anyone with information about this incident to contact the Homicide Unit at 216.623.5464.

Thursday at 7p.m. at 6702 St. Clair, family members and friends of Alexander M. Burks, 25, and Roosevelt Guins, 33, will hold a vigil to celebrate their lives.

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