A manhunt was reportedly ongoing in Cleveland early Friday after an experienced police officer was fatally shot Thursday night.
Officer James Skernivitz, 53, who had been with the department since 1998, was killed in the shooting, sources said on Cleveland.com.
“Cleveland lost one of its best on duty,” Police Chief Calvin Williams said, according to FOX 8. “He was out and about, which all cops do – to protect the people of our city – and gave his life.”
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The chief did not confirm the officer’s identity, but described the victim of the shooting as an “excellent”
The shooting took place around 10 p.m. west of the city, police union president Jeff Follmer told FOX 8.
The police officer had ridden in a patrol car that was shot multiple times, causing the car to crash, station sources said.
The officer died of his wounds after being taken to a hospital.
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A second person died in the incident, but details about that death were not immediately clear.
Dozens of police officers were soon spotted at the scene when an investigation was opened, Cleveland.com reported.
No information about the suspect or suspects was immediately available.