Woman charged in deadly carjacking of off-duty Cleveland police officer

Female suspect was already wanted by police for another violent crime.
Published: Jan. 2, 2022 at 2:13 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland police confirm a woman is facing a murder charge in connection to the death of 25-year-old officer Shane Bartek.

According to court records, 18-year-old Tamara Unique McLoyd of Garfield Heights has been charged with aggravated murder, a first degree felony.

A Cleveland Municipal Court document said McLoyd “did purposely cause the death of Shane Bartek during the armed robbery of his vehicle.”

Bartek was fatally shot in a carjacking on New Year’s Eve on the city’s West Side, according to a Cleveland police news release.

Shane Bartek
Shane Bartek(Source: Cleveland Police Foundation)

A Cleveland police spokesperson said the carjacking happened around 6 p.m. in the 4300 block of Rocky River Drive in the Kamm’s Corner neighborhood.

According to the court document, surveillance footage reviewed by detectives showed Bartek being “ambushed and robbed” by the suspect in an apartment building parking lot.

The court document said Bartek was shot by the suspect during a struggle.

McLoyd was arrested early Saturday by Cleveland police, according to the court document.

Court records show McLoyd was wanted on an aggravated robbery charge stemming from a Nov. 2, 2021 incident.

According to an arrest warrant, McLoyd was involved in an armed robbery at Happy’s Pizza on Detroit Avenue where two employees who were closing the business for the night were pistol whipped and robbed.

A man was taken into custody late Friday after leading several police departments on a pursuit throughout communities on the East Side, according to the police news release.

Richmond Heights police on Saturday announced Anthony Butler Jr. is charged with fleeing and receiving stolen property in connection to Bartek’s death.

Butler is being held on a $5 million bond, according to a Richmond Heights police news release.

Anthony Butler Jr.
Anthony Butler Jr.(Source: Cuyahoga County Jail)

Bartek was hired by Cleveland police in Aug. of 2019, the spokesperson said, and served in the Cleveland Division of Police Fifth District.

The Crime Stoppers of Cuyahoga County said a cash reward up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to the identity and prosecution of anyone involved in Bartek’s death.

Cleveland police will continue investigating and said more information will be provided as it becomes available.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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