Friday, June 30, 2000

Deputy wounded; suspect shot dead


Lorain attack follows Cleveland police slaying

By
The Associated Press

        CLEVELAND — A deputy underwent surgery Thursday for critical wounds from the second attack on police in the area in four days.

        Lorain County sheriff's Sgt. Shawn Hadaway, 41, was shot in the chest Wednesday night while answering a complaint about a neighborhood dispute. The man suspected of firing the shot was shot and killed by other officers.

        Just days before, Cleveland Patrolman Wayne Leon Jr., 32, was shot in the face and killed after stopping a car.

        The man accused in the slaying was ordered held without bond Thursday.

        Quisi Bryan, 29, of Cleveland, was arraigned in Cleveland Municipal Court on charges of aggravated murder in Patrolman Leon's death and attempted aggravated murder for allegedly firing at a bystander who chased him.

        “Every police officer knows that it could happen at any time and their families know that. The thought's always in the back of your mind,” said Bob Beck, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association.

        “It creates a lot of stress. When these things do occur, they seem to occur in clusters. It's difficult to deal with, not only for the officers' families, but also for their colleagues.”

        Hundreds of officers are expected to attend Patrolman Leon's funeral today at St. John Cathedral.

        Out of respect for the officer, today's Cleveland Grand Prix parade has been canceled. The downtown parade traditionally marks the start of weekend festivities leading up to the race at Burke Lakefront Airport.

        Sgt. Hadaway, a 20-year law enforcement veteran, was in critical but stable condition Thursday at Cleveland's MetroHealth Medical Center.

        He was wounded as he and two other deputies responded to calls about gunfire during a neighborhood dispute in Sheffield Township, about 30 miles west of Cleveland. Details on the dispute were not immediately available.

        As the trio approached through back yards, a man stepped out of nearby woods and fired one shot that hit Sgt. Hadaway, who was not wearing a bulletproof vest, Sheriff Martin Mahony said.

        The suspect, Terry Wyers, 42, of Lorain, fled but soon was confronted by two Lorain police officers responding to a call for help.

        Mr. Wyers was shot when he ignored an order to drop his weapon, and instead loaded a round and aimed at officers, said Lorain police Lt. Rich Resendez.

        Lorain County Coroner Paul Matus said Mr. Wyers was wounded six times. Mr. Wyers was a patient at a psychiatric clinic and had been on medication, according to Mr. Matus.

       



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