Man hospitalized after being slashed, shot during East Cleveland home invasion

EAST CLEVELAND - A man was slashed with a knife and shot inside his home during a home invasion in East Cleveland Tuesday evening.

Police said it happened at about 6:40 p.m. on Hampton Road near Shaw Avenue.

Officers said the victim, identified as Jason Smith, was initially taken to University Hospital then flown to MetroHealth Medical Center for treatment of a shotgun wound. He underwent surgery Wednesday morning and is still listed in critical condition.

A preliminary investigation showed that Smith, despite personal risk, caused several diversionary tactics to allow his family to flee the residence.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the East Cleveland Detective Bureau at 216-451-1234 or Crime Stoppers at 216-252-7463.

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