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Friday, March 11, 2011

Police: One person shot dead at Garfield Heights gas station

2-27-2011 Ohio:

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio - Garfield Heights Police said a man was fatally shot by officers after lunging at them with a billy club at a gas station Friday night.

The Cuyahoga County Coroner's office has identified the victim as 50-year-old Sylvester Gavin.

The incident happened just before 9 p.m. at the Marathon in the 14200 block of Broadway.

Police said Gavin entered the gas station and started eating candy and drinking alcohol.

According to police, the suspect had a billy club and was acting strangely. Police ordered the suspect to put the weapon down and get on the floor.

Gavin obeyed the command but then grabbed the club, rose from his knees and lunged at the officers. At that point, the officers fired five rounds at Gavin.

Gavin was taken to Marymount Hospital where he died from his injuries.

Garfield Heights police Capt. Robert said officers do not carry tasers.
Officers went to Gavin’s residence after the incident and found his front door wide open with loud music playing.

According to police, upon entering the residence, officers found the bathtub overflowing and the home flooded.

Gavin had a warrant out for his arrest in Garfield Heights. He had been arrested several times for serious felonies in the past 30 years and was a registered sex offender. ..Source.. by Curtis Jackson

Fuming: Family members demand answers from cops following fatal shooting

2-27-2011 Ohio:

GARFIELD HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - A shooting victim's family wants answers from Garfield Heights Police this weekend following a deadly incident.

This, after police were called to the Marathon Gas station on Broadway and McCracken Friday around 8:15 p.m. when witnesses say Sylvester Gavin, 50, was reportedly acting strange.

Witnesses told police that he was opening and drinking beer, among other things.

Officers arrived on scene and noticed aGavin had a billy club and a knife, so they told him to drop his weapons. Gavin complied, but when officers went to take him into custody he picked up his bat and lunged at officers. That's when two officers fired five shots at Gavin.

Now, family members want to know why police had to shoot their loved one five times. They admit Gavin has done wrong in the past, but the way he died was "overkill" and say "we need to know why they had to shoot him that many times."

"He's not no angel...but he's still a good person. He doesn't deserve to die like he did" said Gavin's nephew Farrell Patterson.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave.

Gavin has an extensive criminal history including serious felonies. He was also a registered sex offender. ..Source.. by Web Staff WOIO

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