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Cleveland business owner killed in workplace shooting

February 24th, 2018 - Comments Off

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Authorities said a 53-year-old Cleveland business owner was shot and killed Friday by one of his employees at the business.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said Donald Vanhorn III reportedly died after the BTU Comfort Solutions employee shot him at the building located on Berea Road near Detroit Avenue.

State business records and the Better Business Bureau show Vanhorn is the owner and president of BTU, which is a heating and cooling installation business.

Police said Vanhorn was shot about 9:45 a.m. inside the building.

Vanhorn and a 50-year-old man who police described as his employee and friend were inside the building when Vanhorn at some point pulled out a knife and the employee a gun, according to police.

Police do not know why the men pulled out weapons. Police said the employee shot Vanhorn in the chest, killing him.

The employee reportedly stayed at the business and was arrested without incident. His identity has not yet been released. Police said the gun used in the shooting was found at the scene.

In a separate incident, a 59-year-old Litchfield man accused of killing a suspected drug dealer in the parking lot of Steelyard Commons was reportedly arrested Friday in Georgia.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliott said the U.S. Marshals Violent Fugitive Task Force in Rossville, Georgia reportedly arrested Charles Miller who is charged with aggravated murder in the Sept. 27 fatal shooting of 29-year-old Timothy Settles of Cleveland.

Elliott said tips led his officers to find Miller in a Georgia home where Miller was hiding and that he initially barricaded himself inside.

Officers reportedly surrounded the home and told Miller they would send police dogs inside and he surrendered.

Miller allegedly shot Settles in the parking lot outside Burlington Coat Factory. He allegedly walked up to Settles’ Chevy Equinox and shot him once in the head.

The shooting was described as drug-related, but police did not elaborate.

Mfrances is a news writer for NinjaCOPS.com where you can get high quality wholesale stun guns, self-defense weapons, and rechargeable stun gun flashlights.

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