9-year-old Cleveland boy home when his dad was shot, killed

9-year-old Cleveland boy home when his dad was shot, killed

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A nine-year-old boy was home when his dad was shot and killed early Monday morning on the front porch, police said.

According to Cleveland police, Jerry Ward, 32, was shot in the chest after answering a knock at his door in the 3500 block of West 50th Street around 12:10 a.m.

Officers said they found Ward lying on the porch with a gun next to him.

EMS and officers provided first aid care, but Ward was pronounced dead at the scene.

His son was not injured.

Witnesses told officers men were outside Ward’s home with flashlights before the shooting and then fled in a vehicle just after the shooting.

Officers added the Cleveland Bomb Squad was called to the house since officers said it was a possible drug lab.

Anyone with information is asked to call Cleveland police.

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