Long standoff ends with death of suspect in shooting of Euclid officer

The man suspected of shooting a Euclid police officer died in Shaker Heights after a standoff with SWAT that began Sunday afternoon.

Deshawn Anthony Vaughn, 24, is suspected of shooting Euclid Police Officer Jacob Derbin, 23, after police were called to a home on the 300 block of East 211th St. for a disturbance on Saturday just before 10 p.m., according to News 5 Cleveland.

“This is my worst nightmare come true,” Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer said during a news conference Sunday evening. He added that Derbin’s father is also a Euclid police officer, and that the younger Derbin was engaged.

“His kind heart and huge smile were infectious,” the chef said. “He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.”

According to Akron Beacon Journal partner News 5 Cleveland, multiple police agencies closed the area around Lee Road and Van Aken Boulevard due to SWAT activity that began Sunday around 1:45 p.m. The Greater Cleveland RTA also suspended Blue Line service.

U.S. Marshal Pete Elliot said at the news conference that the suspect was believed to have been seriously injured and “had a very violent, violent history.” Law enforcement officers were able to evacuate people in the apartment complex where Vaugh was found, and no other injuries were reported as a result of the standoff. Vaughn was later found dead in one of the apartments.

Meyer said officers were called after a woman called and said the father of her child, Vaughn, was threatening to harm them. Meyer said she was “extremely scared.” When officers responded, Vaughn opened fire on them and shot Derbin. No other officers were injured. Euclid officers returned fire, but Vaughn ran away.

According to News Channel 5, Derbin was transported to University Hospitals, where he died from his injuries.

Meyer said authorities were still piecing together the series of events in the standoff and that more information would be released in the future as more is known.

Shaker Heights Police Chief Wayne Hudson said the scene was safe and the case remains under investigation.

“Killing a law enforcement officer is tearing apart democracy,” Hudson said.

Earlier: Euclid police officer Jacob Derbin shot dead, suspected gunman Deshawn Vaughn at large

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