Cleveland Division of Police mourning two officers

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CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Cleveland Division of Police is mourning two police officers on Friday.

Det. James Skernivitz was shot and killed at West 65th Street and Storer Avenue in Cleveland Thursday night. Two juveniles and one adult are in custody on unrelated charges in the case.

“Jimmy was a great police officer, he was what we call a “policeman’s policeman,” said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.  “He worked  hard for the city that he loved, he worked hard to take care of his family and he worked hard to take care of his fellow officers.”

Later, Officer Nicholas Sabo took his own life, according to Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson during a news conference on Friday.

“I don’t think anybody out there can understand what the division is going through. The loss of an officer in the line of duty, especially to violence is a terrible tragedy. But two officers in one night is really bad,” said Chief Williams.

Officer Sabo came to the Division of Police in April of 2013 after serving as a Perry County Sheriff’s Deputy. He is survived by his wife and children.

“I want to extend my personal condolences and condolences on behalf of the City of Cleveland to the family, not only the Cleveland Police Officer who was killed in the line of duty but also to the loved ones of the officer who died by suicide last evening,” said Mayor Frank Jackson.

Cuyahoga County’s Suicide Prevention Crisis Hotline is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 216-623-6888.

“Keep sending us your prayers,” Williams said.

Funeral arrangements for both officers will be announced once finalized.

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