Heroin Death Investigation Leads Detectives to Rescue Abandoned Baby
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at 4am, Cleveland Police Detectives assigned to the Narcotics Unit responded to Fulton Road and Henry Speeth Drive for a suspected heroin overdose death as part of the Heroin Involved Death Investigation Team. At that location, a 33 year old female was deceased inside of a vehicle and investigators suspected she had overdosed on heroin.
As Detectives Scott Moran, Tom Klamert and Lieutenant Jim Purcell worked to identify the deceased woman. They found her identification and a thorough inspection of the vehicle lead to detectives finding paperwork listing a name and address of a man in Lakewood. In an attempt to further investigate this matter and to make contact with friends or relatives, detectives responded to the address.
Upon arriving in Lakewood at 11am, detectives spoke with a downstairs neighbor who told them that the male they’d come to speak with had moved and that a woman now lived in his apartment with her baby. Detectives then went to her apartment and entered, finding a 2 year old baby girl inside, crying and looking for food. The baby girl was left in the apartment all alone. She was, however, in good health and unharmed.
Detectives made sure to give the little girl some food and made contact with the Department of Children and Family Services for placement purposes. The Department of Children and Family Services will see to it that the child is cared for until she can be reunited with family or otherwise placed.
The detectives’ due diligence and attention to detail in handling this case allowed for this little girl to be rescued and taken care of. It is frightening to think what could have happened had they not responded to the address.
Heroin related deaths are at an all-time high in our region and across the country. If you or someone you care about is suffering with addiction, we urge you to seek help! For information, see the Alcohol Drug and Mental Health Services Board of Cuyahoga County at http://adamhscc.org/en-US/home.aspx
Cleveland Police Officers Shot at While Investigating Violent Aggravated Burglary
On Wednesday, January 21, 2015 at approximately 5pm, Third District officers responded to a home in the 1400 block of East 61 Street for an aggravated burglary/shooting incident where a man came home to find that his home had been broken into. Upon encountering the homeowner, a suspect fired shots at the victim. Witnesses reported that the suspect entered a tan pick-up truck.
At approximately 7:20pm, zone car officers were on routine patrol in the area of East 79th Street and Redell Avenue when they observed a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle from the aggravated burglary/shooting incident. Officers followed the suspect vehicle and activated the overhead lights of the zone car, the suspect vehicle then pulled into a driveway in the 7600 block of Redell Avenue. Officers exited their zone car and one of the suspects immediately exited the suspect vehicle from the passenger side. The driver remained in the vehicle.
Officers order the suspect to place his hands on top of the suspect vehicle so that they could conduct a search of his person for officer safety; at this point the contact officer holstered his weapon. The suspect suddenly produced a handgun, pointing it in the direction of the contact officer. The officer grabbed ahold of the suspect and a struggle ensued at which point the suspect fired a shot which narrowly missed the officer’s head, and caused severe powder burns to his face due to the close proximity of the weapon.
Both officers continued to struggle with the suspect, the suspect lost control of his weapon and then attempted to pull one of the officer’s service weapons from his holster. Upon the arrival of back up officers, the suspect was taken into custody. The second suspect was taken into custody without incident.
One officer sustained injuries including burns to his face, hearing loss, and a laceration/bite to his finger, damage to the cornea of one eye and abrasions to his hands. The second officer sustained contusions to his head and cuts to his hand. Both officers were treated for their injuries at the Cleveland Clinic. The suspect who fired upon the officer was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center due to shortness of breath. He was treated and released from the hospital; both males remain in police custody.
This matter remains under investigation.