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CLEVELAND (WJW) – A 24-year-old man accused of killing his grandmother and a Cleveland police officer is now facing charges of aggravated murder and other allegations.


A Cuyahoga County grand jury on Wednesday indicted Delawnte Hardy on charges of fatally shooting his grandmother last month and police officer Jamieson Ritter on July 4.

According to the Cuyahoga County District Attorney's Office, he is officially charged with the following:

  • Three counts of aggravated murder (punishable by death)
  • Two cases of attempted aggravated murder
  • One count of murder
  • Four cases of serious bodily harm
  • Two cases of aggravated robbery
  • Two cases of receiving stolen goods
  • One count of possession of weapons while disabled
  • A case of theft
  • One count of resisting arrest
  • A case of petty theft

Ritter was shot as officers attempted to arrest Hardy, who was wanted by Garfield Heights police for allegedly shooting his grandmother.

DeLawnte Hardy

Ritter was shot and killed shortly before 1 a.m. on Thursday, July 4, in the 1500 block of East 80th Street, near Wade Park.

Hardy is also accused of stealing his grandmother's gun and then shooting her in the face in Garfield Heights on Friday, June 29.

The 63-year-old woman's husband found her lying in a pool of blood in the bedroom, unconscious and barely breathing, according to a police report obtained by FOX 8 News. The man told police Hardy had been in the house earlier in the day.

The grandmother died earlier this week.

“Over the course of a week, Delawnte Hardy has caused unimaginable harm and suffering to two families, our police force and our entire region,” District Attorney Michael O'Malley said in a statement. “My office will be with these two families every step of the way to ensure justice is served. My thoughts and prayers are with those grieving under this tragic situation.”

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