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Elyria murder suspect in custody after hours-long standoff in East Cleveland

Posted at 6:57 AM, Jul 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-10 11:31:47-04

US Marshals took a person into custody Tuesday morning after a search for a suspect in an Elyria murder investigation ended with a SWAT standoff in East Cleveland Monday night. 

US Marshals, along with Cleveland SWAT and East Cleveland police surrounded a home on Northfield Avenue in East Cleveland at 10:30 p.m. Monday.

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The standoff, lasting nearly three hours, ended with authorities taking a man into custody.

According to authorities, US Marshals tracked Patrick Gall who they eventually took into custody to the house in East Cleveland. The US Marshals said Gall originally gave police his cousin's name.

Gall has been charged with aggravated murder, according to Elyria Municipal Court.

On Friday, police found Willie M. Fisher, 47, of Lakewood, lying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds behind the Convenient Food Mart, located at 1401 East Ave.

Several hours later at 9:06 p.m., officers stopped a 2003 BMW traveling eastbound on I-480 for a speed violation. The driver, John Paul Sullivan, 29, of East Cleveland, was operating the vehicle with a suspended license and he also had a warrant from Maple Heights police, according to police.

During the investigation of Fisher's death, police found that Bruce Arnoff, 56, of Solon, employed Fisher as a handyman. Arnoff was upset with Fisher, who allegedly then contracted Sullivan and Gall to cause serious harm to Fisher, which led to his death, according to police.