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Victim in Akron shooting was aspiring police officer

Posted at 5:04 PM, Jun 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-12 19:51:58-04

AKRON — A man aspiring to become an Akron police officer was fatally shot and killed on Tuesday while trying to break up a fight.

Around 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said a fight broke out between two men over a girlfriend. That's when 21-year-old Jamarrick Valentine stepped in to stop the fight, and lost his life in the process.

Captain Christopher Brewer with the Akron Police Department said Valentine passed the written portion of his exam to become an officer, and he ranked sixteenth out of nearly 800 applicants.

Brewer said the shooting was isolated, and neighbors should feel safe.

“This all stems from a domestic dispute. There were no drugs involved. No game or anything like that. There were no underlying crimes, or robberies," he said.

Just minutes after the shooting, police arrested 30-year-old De'Jon Cash near East Exchange Street. Cash has been charged with carrying a concealed weapon.

Cash is currently being held in the Summit County Jail.

Police are still conducting interviews, and said more charges could come as they continue to investigate.