Stalker killed by armed
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Man shot, killed in struggle with off-duty jail guard
Sunday, February 25, 2001
By EBONY REED and KARIN SCHOLZ
WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OHIO - An off-duty Cuyahoga
County jail guard arriving home after work early yesterday shot and killed a
Cleveland man who ambushed and stabbed him, authorities said.
The guard was in stable condition at Meridia
South Pointe Hospital last night.
Warrensville Heights Police Chief Frank Bova
said Edward M. Phillips, 30, of Cleveland, tried to attack the jail guard,
shortly after 2:30 a.m. Bova would not identify the guard but a spokesman for
the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department said it was James L. Jones, 28, of
Bova said Phillips had been stalking the guard
for about a week, but detectives were still trying to find out more about that.
Bova said the guard was arriving at his
apartment on Banbury Court when Phillips surprised him. The two struggled and
Phillips stabbed the guard in the neck. They tumbled inside the apartment, where
the guard retrieved a gun, Bova said.
"In defense of himself he fired one
shot," Bova said.
Bova said detectives still were investigating
where the gun was in the home. He said the guard’s mother was in the apartment
but was not injured.
Police later discovered that in addition to the
knife, Phillips was carrying a gun. Phillips died at the apartment of a gunshot
wound to the upper body. Bova said the gun Phillips brought with him was not the
one the guard used.
Sheriff’s Department spokesman Daniel Pukach
said Jones is "a good officer, quiet and does his work." Jones has
worked for the county for five years.
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