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Up to $35,000 reward offered for information in murder of Det. James Skernivitz, citizen Scott Dingess

James Skernivitz
Posted at 6:14 PM, Sep 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-06 20:15:54-04

CLEVELAND — A reward of up to $35,000 is being offered for information leading to the identity and prosecution of the person or persons involved in the murder of Cleveland Police Detective James Skernivitz, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Thursday night, along with a citizen.

The shooting happened Thursday around 10 p.m. in the 3200 block of West 65th Street near Storer Avenue. Another person, whom police say was not a suspect, was pronounced dead at the scene. That person has been identified as 50-year-old Scott Dingess. Police have arrested three people in connection with the shooting death of Skernivitz.

The identities of the three people who were arrested have not been released. Two are juveniles, the other is an adult, police said. Although three arrests were made, no charges have been filed at this time, according to police.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation has offered up to $25,000 in reward monies and Crimestoppers of Cuyahoga County has added $10,000 in reward monies, police said.

Detectives ask that anyone with information regarding the murder of Skernivitz contact the FBI tip line at 216-622-6842.

Anonymous information can be provided via Crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.

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