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Teen arrested in connection to fatal shooting at Cleveland library

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Posted at 9:56 PM, Jul 28, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-28 22:01:37-04

CLEVELAND — An arrest has been made following the homicide at Cleveland Public Library on July 23, according to Cleveland Police.

On July 23 around 6:11 p.m., officers responded to the library at 4303 Pearl Rd. to find 19-year-old Brandon Cutnoe with multiple gunshot wounds inside the library. Officers and EMS provided first aid to Cutnoe, who was taken to a nearby hospital where he died from his injuries.

On scene, it was learned that the Cutnoe and the shooter met at the library, a fight ensued and shots were fired. The shooter then fled on foot.

An 18-year-old suspect was arrested Sunday in the 4300 block of West 47th Street and remains in custody, police said.

Cutnoe's foster father Ralph Dempsey has been left to grieve over the loss of his son.

“Brandon was a good kid, respectful. I took him off the streets, he was a friend of my kids they went to school with him and I couldn’t leave him in the streets sleeping. I’m a foster parent and I’ve adopted 6 kids from county. I just could never walk away from a child. I loved his as if he was my own, he told me to him I’m his pops and he was a really good boy,” Dempsey said.

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