Woman kills man during attempted home invasion, Cleveland police say

Woman kills man during attempted home burglary, Cleveland police say
Woman kills man during attempted home burglary, Cleveland police say(Source: Gray News)
Published: Aug. 6, 2021 at 6:08 AM EDT
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Cleveland police said a 39-year-old man was fatally shot during an attempted home invasion on the city’s East Side this week.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified the deceased as Kenneth Ray, of Cleveland.

Ray died Wednesday morning after being shot by a 22-year-old woman who told investigators he tried to break into her home, Cleveland police said.

Police said their initial investigation revealed Ray and woman are neighbors. According to police, the woman lives in a downstairs unit at a residence in the 400 block of 148th Street, and Ray lived upstairs.

Ernie Harris told 19 News that he considers Ray his son, and disputes the police claim that his son was breaking in the home.

Harris said that Kenneth Ray owns the home and that after a property dispute Ray had told the family in the downstairs apartment that they had to move out.

“He didn’t have the keys, they didn’t leave the keys, so when he tried to get in the apartment they were still there,” Harris said, “The woman I understand, she was behind the door waiting on him to come in and shot him in the head. It’s a tragedy.”

Officers arrived on scene around 9:35 a.m. and discovered Ray shot in the head, according to police. Officers later found the woman outside the home.

Cleveland police said the woman armed herself and shot Ray when he “attempted to make forceful entry into the downstairs residence.” She called 911 after the incident, according to the email from police.

Harris has serious questions and wants to make sure that there is a complete police investigation.

“Here’s the thing, she shot him in the head, if you’re warning someone off shot them in the leg,” he said.

The woman was released pending further investigation, police said.

This is a developing story. Return to 19 News for updates.

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