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Old 09-08-2020, 09:46 AM
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Teen, man charged in fatal shooting of Cleveland police officer, informant
Updated 11:00 AM 9/8/2020

CLEVELAND, OhioŚ A 17-year-old boy and 18-year-old man are charged in connection with the fatal shooting of Cleveland police Det. James Skernivitz and a police informant.

David McDaniel Jr.
is charged in Cleveland Municipal Court with two counts of aggravated murder. He is expected to make his first court appearance on Wednesday.

The teen is charged in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court with several counts of aggravated murder, aggravated robbery and felonious assault. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday morning.

A third person, also a juvenile, is named as a suspect in court records but has not yet been arrested or formally charged.

Five people have been arrested in connection with the shooting, but the teen is the first to be formally charged. Three were arrested on Friday. McDaniel and the 17-year-old boy were arrested late Sunday.

The charges also give the first indication of what police believe is a motive for the shootings: robbery. A detective wrote in court records that the trio shot and killed Skernivitz and Scott Dingess, 50, during an attempted robbery. The documents, however, do not say if anything was stolen during the incident.

The shooting happened about 10 p.m. Thursday on West 67th Place near West 65th Street and Storer Avenue.

Skernivitz was working undercover and investigating drug dealing in the area when a group walked up to his unmarked car and opened fire, killing him and Dingess, identified by law enforcement sources as police informant.

SCOTT D. DINGESS of Cleveland, Ohio | 1969 - 2020 | Obituary

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