Police: One person shot dead at Garfield Heights gas station

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.

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