A police officer and another person were fatally shot on the west side of Cleveland on Thursday night, law enforcement officials said, but further details were not available and a motive was not immediately clear.
The Cleveland police said on Twitter that an officer on duty was shot about 10 p.m. at an intersection. Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said that the second person was not believed to be a suspect in the officer’s death and that the police were still gathering evidence.
A spokeswoman for the F.B.I.’s Cleveland office on Friday identified the officer as Detective James Skernivitz. The spokeswoman, Vicki Anderson, said that the F.B.I. was assisting the local police in the investigation and that Detective Skernivitz had been sworn in as one of the F.B.I.’s violent crimes task force officers on Wednesday.
The authorities did not identify the second victim.
Hours after the shooting, the Cleveland police chief, Calvin Williams, told reporters that the slain officer had been a “25-plus-year veteran” of the force. “We’re still looking for a suspect or suspects in this case,” he added.
Mayor Frank Jackson, speaking to reporters alongside Chief Williams outside the MetroHealth Medical Center, gave his condolences to the officer’s family.
Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio said on Friday that he and his wife were “heartbroken” over the news. “I’ve ordered flags lowered on state buildings and grounds in Cuyahoga County and Columbus,” he said.
The Columbus division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said on Twitter that special agents were responding to the shooting.
Derrick Bryson Taylor contributed reporting.