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Man shot during Cleveland eviction dies

Published: Jan. 27, 2022 at 12:39 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 28, 2022 at 10:52 AM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - According to Cleveland police, a 36-year-old man shot during an eviction on the city’s west side Thursday morning has died.

First responders were dispatched to 1940 West 96th Street at approximately 11:20 a.m., according to an EMS supervisor.

Preliminary information indicates that two Cleveland Municipal Court Housing bailiffs were on the scene of a court-ordered eviction.

The bailiffs knocked on the door associated with the eviction, to which there was no response.

The bailiffs, along with a maintenance employee, attempted to gain entry to the residence when a male came through the door with a blunt object and assaulted the maintenance employee and the bailiffs.

At that time, shot(s) were fired by one of the bailiffs striking the male suspect, according to a Cleveland Police press release.

Below is a statement from Cleveland Municipal Housing Court:

“A tragic incident during an eviction by Cleveland Housing Court Bailiffs yesterday unfortunately resulted in a man’s death. Judge W. Moná Scott and the Cleveland Housing Court wish to extend condolences to his family and friends. We will have no further comment while the investigation continues.”

There are no reports of injuries to any local law enforcement or county officials.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the victim as Zachery Edwards Jr., 36, of Cleveland.

Members of the Cleveland Police Force Investigation Team responded to the scene for investigation.

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