Retired Sgt. Accused of Fatally Shooting Tenant

CLEVELAND — A retired sergeant for the Cleveland Police Department is behind bars, charged with aggravated murder after allegedly shooting and killing a man who rented a home from him, police said.

“I was in the kitchen. I heard a shot and then I went outside, and that’s when I saw the police. The [victim] was lying in front of the house,” neighbor Erica Jackson said.

Cleveland police said about 3 p.m. Wednesday, former police sergeant Dale Edwards, 60, shot and killed a man on E. 151st St.

“He didn’t look alive. I guess he didn’t make it,” Jackson said.

Police said the former police sergeant was the victim’s landlord.

They were arguing about rent when Edwards pulled out a handgun and shot his tenant once in the chest, police said.

Several neighbors looked outside once they heard the shots and they saw a man lying on the front lawn.

Police said Edwards called police and told them about the shooting. He waited for police at the scene and was arrested.

The victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he died.

Police said the victim was unarmed.

“To me, it’s just ridiculous. In the heat of the moment, just cool off and give yourself time to calm down, get your thoughts together because in the heat of the moment, pulling a gun or stabbing somebody, you can never get that life back,” a neighbor said.

Edwards was scheduled to be arraigned on Friday.