Cleveland man shoots intruder holding fiancée at gunpoint; Resident applauded by councilman

Man shot intruder holding gun at fiancée

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland man is being praised by a city councilman for shooting an armed intruder at his Pawnee Avenue home Tuesday.

"Whoever shot this dirt bag ought to get a medal," Ward 11 Councilman Mike Polensek said. "I might get a proclamation for him."

It all started when Jacquella Lattimore left the house to take her children to camp. Police say she was accosted by three men who were trying to force her back into the house at gunpoint. What the intruders apparently didn't know is that Lattimore's fiancé, Johnny Bridges, was watching from the window with his gun.

"They walked her out of the garage and when they got to the door, I shot," Bridges said.

Bridges' bullet hit one of the suspects. All three gunmen ran. The injured suspect was taken into custody at Euclid Hospital. The other two were stopped a few blocks away after police noticed they looked suspicious.

Fifth District Commander Wayne Drummond said they face charges of aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, kidnapping and felonious assault.

Bridges said one of the gunmen was in the garage with his children and two nieces. Tuesday was his 8-year-old daughter's birthday.

"Right now I don't consider myself a hero," Bridges said. "I just wanted to make sure my family was alright."

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