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Cleveland Off-Duty Firefighter Shot To Death; Police Asking Public For Help

3:57 PM, Nov 4, 2013   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- An off-duty Cleveland fire lieutenant was fatally shot Sunday night.

Police say 45-year-old Lt. William Walker had parked in his driveway and was shot multiple times in the chest while walking to his house.

According to police, they responded to the scene in the 1800 block of Lampson Road at 8:30 p.m.

At a brief noon news conference Monday, officials with the Cleveland Fire Department labeled Lt. Walker as a "dedicated" worker and a "well-liked guy."

Although few details were released in the press conference, one official said Lt. Walker's family had heard some apparent shouting outside.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has released the following statement: "My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of Lt. Walker at this difficult time. His service to our community was invaluable and he will be missed. I am truly sorry for your loss."

Walker spent 15 years with the division and was just promoted in August. He also served as a certified CPR instructor.

Police say they have no suspects.

Police are investigating his death as a homicide.

Mayoral candidate Ken Lanci is offering a reward of $10,000 to anybody who provides information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. The reward is good through Friday.

Police are stressing that anyone with information regarding the incident should call the Cleveland Police Homicide Unit at 216-623-5464.

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