EUCLID, Ohio (WJW) — A man authorities said fired on officers and others during an eviction on Thursday, leading to a standoff at the East 250th Street home, later died at a hospital, the FOX 8 I-Team has learned.
Euclid Police Capt. Donna Holden said officers went to the home at about 2 p.m. to assist a court bailiff with an eviction. As a locksmith opened the front door, gunfire came from inside, aimed at the bailiff and police officers.
“Police returned fire,” Holden said.
The locksmith and bailiff retreated safely. An officer trapped on the porch as more shots rang out was later able to retreat with officers’ help.
SWAT officers were on-scene trying to communicate with a person inside the home. Neighbors were evacuated as a precaution.
When investigators got inside, they found the suspect, identified as 52-year-old Chad McGraw, with a gunshot wound to the head. He was taken to the hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Authorities also recovered a loaded handgun from the scene.
Two officers suffered minor injuries while taking cover from the suspect’s gunfire, the I-Team learned. Both were treated and release from local hospitals.
A bomb squad also responded to the scene, on reports that there may be explosives in the home, according to the release. None were found.
Euclid City School District buses were diverted from the scene, according to a social media post from the school district just before 3 p.m. Students were later dropped off once the situation was resolved. School was expected to resume normally on Friday.
Holden said Euclid police are very grateful for the help they received from neighboring agencies.