Who is James Skernivitz? (Cleveland police officer fatally shot) Biography, Wiki, age
James Skernivitz was a veteran police officer who has died in the line of duty after a shooting in Cleveland.
I-TEAM sources say the car the officer was in was shot several times and he crashed.
Follmer says the officer was taken to the hospital and passed away. The officer’s name is not being released at this time.
Police union president confirms officer who was shot on Cleveland’s west side has died. He said the officer was a “great person and a great officer. “
— Peggy Gallek (@PeggyGallek) September 4, 2020
Chief Calvin Williams confirmed to Fox 8 that a police officer was killed in a shooting on Thursday night. A report in Cleveland.com identified the victim as 53-year-old James Skernivitz, who had been with the Cleveland Division of Police since 1998.
The police officer had been riding in a patrol car that was fired upon several times, with the car crashing, sources told the station.
The officer died of his wounds after being transported to a hospital.
On September 3, 2020 at approximately 10pm, a Cleveland Police officer was shot and killed in the line of duty in the area of W. 65th Street and Storer Avenue. Very little information is available at this time. We are asking that anyone with information call 9-1-1.
— Cleveland Police (@CLEpolice) September 4, 2020
CPPA President Jeff Follmer just confirmed that a Cleveland police officer has died tonight. He offers prayers to the family and says this officer was well liked in the department. One other person is also confirmed dead at this scene. No other details are known. #WEWS @WEWS pic.twitter.com/yPYEfD1uBd
— Mike Vielhaber (@MVielhaber) September 4, 2020
“Cleveland lost one of its finest in the line of duty,” police Chief Calvin Williams said. “He was out doing what all police officers do – trying to protect the people of our city – and he gave his life.”
According to Fox 8, the officer died after he was shot while inside a patrol car, at about 10 p.m. near West 65th Street and Storer. A second, unidentified victim was also fatally shot, and the suspect is reportedly on the loose.
Authorities have provided few details about the fatal shooting.
Police are looking for any information surrounding this tragedy, and are still looking for a suspect or suspects.
Dozens of police officers were soon seen at the crime scene as an investigation got underway, Cleveland.com reported.
Three suspects were in custody in Cleveland on Friday morning after a veteran police officer was shot and killed Thursday night, according to reports.