Ohio police, fire departments sharing condolences after Cleveland officer killed in line of duty


CLEVELAND, Ohio (WJW) — Ohio police and fire departments are sharing condolences on social media after a Cleveland officer was killed in the line of duty.

Det. James Skernivitz, 53, was shot multiple times at West 65th Street and Storer around 10 p.m. Thursday. A second person, who was not the suspect, was also killed.

My heart goes out to the family, friends, and fellow police officers who knew Detective James Skernivitz. Detective Skernervitz served 28 years on the Cleveland Police Force – as an undercover officer he was on the front lines of important work against gangs. Last night he was shot down. Police officers throughout the country put their lives on the line every day to protect us from crime and danger. That statement should not be a flashpoint or controversial – unfortunately, these days it is. I am grateful Detective Skernivitz’s service and I pray for his family. May he rest in peace.

Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish

Detective Skernivitz gave his life trying to keep danger off the streets of Cleveland. This tragedy shows once again the valor and honor of police – and that there are yet dangerous, evil men in the world who must be brought to justice. My heart breaks for his family and I pray that in grief, they find solace in his legacy of service and sacrifice.

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost

Skernivitz died at the hospital after the shooting. He was a 25-year veteran of the Cleveland Division of Police.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or Crime Stoppers at 216-25-CRIME or 216-623-5464.


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