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Sep. 30, 1951
Caucasian Male / 35 yrs. of age
Elberton Police Dept.
Homicide - Gun
Bio: Not Available
Fatal Incident Summary
Sun. Sep. 30, 1951
Patrolman Cleveland was shot and killed after he and two other officers responded to a home on Wilson Street to investigate a report of a suicidal man. The suspect had came home drunk and ordered his family out of the house. When the officers arrived Patrolman Cleveland and another officer walked to the front door. Patrolman Cleveland opened the screen door and told the man to put the gun down but was struck in the head by a shotgun blast fired by the man.
The suspect then walked to the back of the house and committed suicide.
Patrolman Cleveland had only served with the Elberton Police Department for 6 months. He was survived by his wife and five children.