Police Seek the Public’s Help to Identify 2 Persons of Interest in My Friends Restaurant Double Homicide. Call 216-623-5464 with info.

Cleveland Police Homicide investigators are seeking the public’s help to identify the males seen in these photos. The males are persons of interest in the March 22, 2021 double homicide at My Friends Restaurant. Anyone with information regarding the identities of these males is asked to contact detectives at 216-623-5464. Anonymous information can be provided by calling Crimestoppers at 216-25-CRIME.

Homicide Investigation:

Victim 1: female age 21, GSWs to body, Deceased
Victim 2: male age 27, GSW to neck, Deceased

Arrested 1: male age 25, GSWs arm, leg, face, treated at MHMC, released and booked at Cuyahoga County Jail
Arrested 2: male age 29, GSW leg, broken tibia, confined at Metro

On March 22, 2021 at approximately 4am, officers responded to My Friends Restaurant at 11616 Detroit for multiple people shot. On arrival, officers located victim 1 on the ground with apparent GSWs. Officers performed first aid on the victim until the arrival of EMS who continued care and transported victim 1 to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment. She was later pronounced deceased. Officers located victim 2 inside of the restaurant with a GSW to his neck. Officer rendered first aid until the arrival of EMS who continued care and transported victim 2 to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment. He was later pronounced deceased.

Arrested male 2 was found inside of the restaurant in the kitchen area with a GSW to his leg, officers and EMS rendered aid, the male was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment where he remains confined. Arrested male 2 arrived at MetroHealth Medical Center via private auto, he was treated and released and booked at the Cuyahoga County Jail.

Members of the Homicide Unit responded to the hospital and to the scene for investigation. Multiple individuals were interviewed. Preliminary information indicates that two separate groups of people were seated inside of My Friends Restaurant and that a verbal exchange took place between victim 2 and arrested male 1. At one point, both arrested males pulled out firearms and began shooting at one another and victim 1, victim 2 and both arrested males sustained gunshot wounds. Arrested male 1 fled the restaurant in a private auto which conveyed him to MetroHealth Medical Center. Multiple shell casings were found at the scene and two firearms were confiscated in connection with this investigation.

2021 Gun Melt held today

CLEVELAND – On March 10, 2021, the City of Cleveland and Cleveland-Cliffs Cleveland Works held a gun melt to recycle approximately 400 firearms from various sources, including those surrendered at the 2019 Gun Buy-Back, where citizens exchanged firearms for gift cards. A Gun Buy-Back was not held in Cleveland in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The guns were placed into the No. 1 Basic Oxygen Furnace iron ladle and melted by approximately 200 tons of molten iron, at temperatures of about 2,400 degrees Fahrenheit. The molten iron, along with scrap, is then charged in the basic oxygen furnace to make steel.

In honor of #internationalwomensday we are recognizing Acting Deputy Chief of Administrative Operations, Deirdre Jones

In Honor of International Women’s Day, we are recognizing Acting Deputy Chief of Administrative Operations, Deirdre Jones.

Deirdre Jones was appointed to the rank of Commander of the Bureau of Support Services in 2016 and is a 32-year veteran with the Cleveland Division of Police. In that role, she oversaw the Training, Personnel, and Records Sections, amongst other duties. Commander Jones worked tirelessly with her team to streamline the hiring process by implementing online entrance testing. Commander Jones sits on a committee that will oversee the process of selecting new protocols for improved psychological testing of candidates. She has acted as a nationwide Assessor for promotional exercises for outside law enforcement agencies since 2016 and shares other agency best practices with the goal of refining the Division’s promotion process.

In 2018, Commander Jones was appointed as the Department of Public Safety’s first-ever LGBTQ Liaison for police, fire, and EMS. As the Liaison, her responsibilities include promoting equity and inclusion in all divisions of public safety, increasing the City’s ability to attract and retain the best talent, building and maintaining a trust relationship between the LGBTQ community and public safety forces by attending events in the community, assisting LGBTQ-identified members of public safety forces while maintaining their confidentiality, and providing LGBTQ-specific training to members of the Department of Public Safety.

In 2014, Commander Jones was the first female to ever supervise the Division’s Homicide Unit where she served until her appointment to Commander. As a former detective and Sergeant in charge of the Domestic Violence Unit, she investigated thousands of domestic violence complaints, contributed to the unit’s Operations Manual and advocated for the unit to be the primary investigator of LGBTQ-related relationship violence. She is a state-certified Cultural Diversity/Procedural Justice and domestic violence (DV) instructor, a federally-certified DV instructor-trainer through the Department of Homeland Security, and has taught locally and nationally on domestic violence related topics, sexual assault/sexual harassment, and social responsibility-related topics for churches, schools, government agencies, civic organizations and professional organizations including the Cleveland Browns.

Commander Jones is an adjunct professor at Notre Dame College and holds a Master of Public Administration from Villanova University. She is a graduate of the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police Executive Leadership College, and has completed the International Association of Chiefs of Police and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center leadership programs. Formerly a member of the Cleveland Community Police Commission, Commander Jones is a member of the National Association of Women Law Enforcement Executives, the International Association of Women Police, and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives. Commander Jones contributed to the Ohio Chiefs of Police magazine, and has received numerous accolades throughout her career, including Ohio Attorney General’s Mark Losey Service Award, the LGBT Heritage Award for public service, the Chief’s Commendation for Outstanding Investigative Unit, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Medal of Heroism, the Division’s second-highest honor.

Please join us in thanking her for her service to our community.