CLEVELAND – A city corrections officer mistakenly released a jailed murder suspect after he appeared in court for a traffic warrant, city officials confirmed.
Derek Henderson, 23, was shot to death on Nov. 11 on East 93rd Street.
One of the suspects in the murder, Drew Danzy, 18, was accidentally released from of jail while facing murder charges.
"I lost Derek and it's a lot of pain and I want them to find him," said a relative of Henderson’s who we are not identifying for safety reasons.
Danzy was on the run for nearly a month after the murder.
He was caught by U.S. marshals this week.
David Carroll, Cleveland's acting Commissioner of Corrections, told Fox 8 News that while in custody, Danzy appeared in court Wednesday for a traffic warrant.
After the hearing, a city corrections officer either did not check his name in the computer for holds, or did and misread it, and Danzy was released, Carroll said.
"I was really mad and upset, like how can they do this?" Henderson’s relative said.
“The employees responsible for his release will be held accountable for their actions and penalties imposed may be severe up to and including termination. We have initiated an investigation into this matter and will have no further comment until that probe is complete,” Carroll said in a statement.
Anyone with information on Danzy’s whereabouts is urged to call the Cleveland Division of Police at (216) 621-1234 or the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED or text keyword WANTED and tip to TIP411 (847411).