Homeowner taken into custody after fatally shooting home invasion suspect, Cleveland police say

Homeowner taken into custody after fatally shooting home invasion suspect, Cleveland police say
Scene on Laisy Avenue overnight (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A home invasion turned deadly in Cleveland just after 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Police said officers were flagged down by the homeowner in the 9000 block of Laisy Avenue who said there was a man shot inside his home.

Officers noticed the 30-year-old homeowner had a gunshot wound on his forearm, according to police.

According to police, officers entered the home and rendered first aid to the 49-year-old suspect before EMS arrived and pronounced him dead.

The homeowner told police that he opened his front door after hearing a knock.

Three males pushed their way inside and a struggle ensued, according to the police report.

One of the suspects pulled out a handgun which triggered a deadly shootout with the homeowner inside the house, police said.

According to police, the homeowner retrieved a gun from inside the home shot the 49-year-old suspect.

Police said the other two suspects fled from the scene.

Officers took the homeowner into custody for unrelated felony probation violations. He has not been charged with murder at this time.

A short time later, investigators learned that a second suspect, identified as 28-year-old Ernest Switzer, was at University Hospitals being treated for a gunshot wound to his arm. He was arrested at the hospital.

The third suspect remains on the run, according to police.

Members of the homicide unit also responded to the scene and recovered two handguns.

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