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Deadly attack on inmate at Cuyahoga County Jail Monday happened during shift change, union says

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Posted at 5:18 PM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 17:09:32-05

CLEVELAND — As Cleveland homicide detectives work to figure out what led-up to a deadly inmate-on-inmate attack inside the Cuyahoga County jail Monday, the union representing corrections officers said Tuesday the beating happened during a shift change inside the jail.

The union representative said that inmates were locked inside their cells at around 5:45 p.m. Monday in preparation for the shift change.

About 15 minutes later, he said the jailer who was just starting her shift called out an emergency on the jail's 11th floor.

Cleveland police said the jailer heard other inmates yelling for help and found 48-year-old Shone Trawick bloodied, beaten, and laying tucked under the bunk inside his cell.

Trawick was rushed to the hospital but died of blunt force trauma to his head.

Police did not find a weapon in the cell.

Jail records show Trawick was booked into jail to serve time for misdemeanor assault three weeks ago.

Police said he was attacked by his 31-year-old cellmate from East Cleveland.

Records show the suspect was being held in the jail on felonious assault charges.

He has not been charged in the deadly attack.

It's still not clear what led to the beating.

A longtime friend of Trawick's said he grew up on Cleveland's East Side and loved his family.

His wife said he left behind six children.

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