Woman found guilty of aggravated murder for shooting of Cleveland police officer

Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 7:32 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The jury in the Tamara McLoyd trial found the 19-year-old woman guilty of multiple charges, including aggravated murder, in the shooting death of an off-duty Cleveland police officer.

The jury delivered the verdict on Wednesday afternoon less than 24 hours since they broke for deliberations.

The trial for McLoyd began July 25 in front of Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas Judge John O’Donnell.

McLoyd was initially indicted on ten charges for the killing of Cleveland officer Shane Bartek during a 2021 New Year’s Eve carjacking in Cleveland’s West Park neighborhood.

Shane Bartek
Shane Bartek(Source: Cleveland Police Foundation)

McLoyd was 18 years old at the time of the crime.

“She was a terrorist on our streets,” Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley said.

After the deadly shooting in the parking lot of an apartment building in the 4300 block of Rocky River Drive, McLoyd was accused of fleeing the scene in Officer Bartek’s vehicle.

Tamara McLoyd
Tamara McLoyd

Anthony Butler Jr. was arrested driving Bartek’s stolen vehicle several hours later after a police pursuit involving multiple Northeast Ohio law enforcement agencies.

On June 29, Butler pleaded guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, failure to comply, receiving stolen property and obstructing official business.

Butler was sentenced to three years in prison.

McLoyd, who was taken into custody at a gas station several hours after the fatal shooting, did not take the stand in her own defense during the trial.

She is also facing various charges stemming from several unrelated and violent robberies in Northeast Ohio.

Bartek was hired by Cleveland police in August 2019 and served with Fifth District.

Although Bartek’s family was in the courtroom when the verdict was delivered on Wednesday, the judge decided that sentencing should be held at a later date.

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