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Police: 19-year-old killed accomplice in Mayfield Heights burglary, homeowner later found body

Posted at 3:29 PM, Jan 02, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-02 15:55:54-05

A 19-year-old man is in custody after a Mayfield Heights resident made a grisly discovery when he returned home and found the body of an alleged burglar in his house.

Just after 7 p.m. on Dec. 22, police received a 911 call from a resident on the 1300 block of Ranchland Drive who said he had just returned home and found his house broken into and a body inside.

The body was identified as 17-year-old Phillip Moore of Euclid.  

The resident also reported his laptop computer missing from the home.

On Dec. 30, Mayfield Heights police arrested 19-year-old Dewayne Gatson in connection with the death of the 17-year-old.

According to authorities, Gatson and Moore had planned to break into the home on Ranchland Drive together. Sometime during the burglary, Gatson pulled a gun on his cohort and shot Moore 15 times.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting.

Gatson has been charged with murder. He is currently being held without bond at Mayfield Heights City Jail. A court appearance has not been scheduled yet.