1 dead in Garfield Heights police officer-involved shooting

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio (WJW) — Garfield Heights police officers were involved in a fatal shooting on Tuesday.

It happened Tuesday afternoon along Hathaway Road, according to a Tuesday social media post from the police department.

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Officers were called to the scene to conduct a wellness check for a man who was potentially suicidal, according to the post. While officers were on-scene, multiple shots were fired.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the man shot as 67-year-old Benard Russell. The man was transported just after 1 p.m. to Marymount Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 20 minutes later.

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It’s currently being investigated as an officer-involved shooting.

“We will continue to provide information as it becomes available,” reads the post from police.

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