Teen charged with the homicide of Cleveland officer, informant – Information 1130

A suspect in the fatal shooting of a Cleveland police officer and an informant during an armed robbery was charged with murder on Thursday.

Cleveland-born David McDaniel, 18, is also charged with aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, and tampering with evidence. He is being held on a $ 3 million bond and is due to be indicted Tuesday.

No attorney for McDaniel is listed on the online court records.

Two men, aged 15 and 17, have denied serious murder charges brought against them in Cuyahoga County Juvenile Court.

Authorities said the three teenagers approached Detective James Skernivitz's unmarked car on September 3 and fired shots that killed Skernivitz and an informant while preparing for a drug operation. Skernivitz, 53, and Scott Dingess, 50, died in a nearby hospital.

Skernivitz had been sworn in as a member of a federal violent crime task force the day before his death. Authorities did not say whether he was working at the time he was shot for the task force or the gang unit he was normally assigned to.

A 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man were charged Thursday for obstructing the judiciary and manipulating evidence for allegedly lying to police and getting rid of the weapons used in the killings.

The Associated Press

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