Standoff with armed man ends in Cleveland; corrections officer dead in connected homicide

Cleveland standoff ends
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Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 3:35 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 16, 2021 at 11:55 PM EDT

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A standoff on the city’s east side ended Thursday night with a man dead.

According to Cleveland Police, around 10:30 p.m., SWAT entered the house and discovered the male suspect dead with a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head.

Police said the incident is being investigated as a murder/suicide

It began around 2:30 pm after police were investigating a deadly shooting in the area of East 124th Street near St. Clair Avenue.

Cuyahoga County Sheriff Christopher Viland said the victim of that homicide was Valerie Gudger, a corrections officer with the department.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to the friends and family of C.O. Gudger,” Viland said in a statement. “This is a tragedy that shouldn’t be suffered by any family. The loss of a second corrections officer to violent crime in the past several months will be difficult for all, including the many co-workers and friends who provide such admirable service to the citizens of this county every day.”

Another corrections officer, Timothy Cruz, was killed back in March while working off-duty as a security officer at a bar.

SWAT officers were called to the scene after the armed male barricaded himself in a home near the intersection of Gray Avenue and Eddy Road, which is located near where the woman was found dead.

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