Police: 1 dead, 2 detained in Avondale homicide

Police: 1 dead, 2 detained in Avondale homicide
Demetrius Bazel (Source: Cincinnati Police Department)
Demetrius Bazel (Source: Cincinnati Police Department)

AVONDALE, OH (FOX19) - A man is dead and two people are detained in an Avondale homicide early Monday, according to Cincinnati police.

The victim, 39-year-old Demetrius Bazel, was pronounced dead inside an apartment in a high-rise building off Forest Avenue about 1:30 a.m., said Lt. Andrew Mitchell, the night chief.

Officers responded after a man called 911 and said he shot Bazel.

The man and a woman who also was in the apartment when Bazel was shot - once in the upper right torso - are both detained as "persons of interest,"  Mitchell said.

The three know each other but are not related, he said.

Further details were not immediately available while police continue to investigate.

Residents at The Beechwood said after Monday's shooting they probably will look for another place to live.

Two residents who asked to remain anonymous said the apartment complex used to be a retirement community, but that's changed in the last couple of years.

One of their vehicles was broken into last week, they said.

They said they feel like they are no longer safe with younger people able to reside in the building.

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