Body of slain Cleveland officer to be returned to Monroe County, funeral date set

The body of slain Cleveland police officer Jamieson Ritter, of Webster, will be returned to Monroe County Tuesday afternoon.

Ritter, 27, was shot about 1 a.m. Thursday as officers tried to serve an arrest warrant on Delawnte Hardy, 24, in Cleveland, Ohio. Hardy has been charged with aggravated murder in connection with the slaying.

Multiple police agencies will provide an escort for Ritter’s body from the New York State Thruway along Interstate 490 and other roads to the Falvo Funeral Home on Route 250 in Penfield. A funeral home spokesman said paramedics are expected to arrive between 1 and 3 p.m.

Funeral services, visiting hours set

Jamieson Ritter, 27, of Webster, was killed in the line of duty on July 4, 2024. He was a Cleveland police officer.

Officer Ritter’s duty hours will be from Friday from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home, 1295 Fairport Nine Mile Point Road, Penfield.

His funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at Browncroft Community Church, 2530 Browncroft Blvd., Penfield. A private burial will be at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Rochester.

Ritter was remembered at a memorial service Monday at Cleveland Cathedral. During the service, his partner, Officer Brittany Vajusi, described her late friend as a dedicated, fearless and compassionate public servant who loved his family and friends.

“He was not just an officer, but a guardian of our community, a symbol of hope and strength,” Vajusi said during the service.

Who was Jamieson Ritter?

Jamieson Ritter, a native of Webster, graduated from McQuaid Jesuit High School in 2015 and from Syracuse University in 2019. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army National Guard and served with the 134th Field Artillery Regiment as a member of the Ohio Army National Guard.

According to Greek police, Jamieson Ritter joined the Cleveland Police Department in November 2020. In 2022, he was deployed with his unit to Syria and then returned to work as a Cleveland police officer in 2023.

He is survived by his parents Jon and Karen Ritter and three siblings Alysia, Jonathan and Angelica.

His father, Jon Ritter, was a police officer in Greece for three decades before retiring in 2013. Jon Ritter was driving to work on Christmas Eve 2012 when he drove into the “death zone” on Lake Road, where a gunman who had set his home on fire attacked four West Webster firefighters, killing two. Jon Ritter was praised for preventing others from entering the neighborhood during the chaos of the early morning hours.

This article originally appeared in the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle: Jamieson Ritter’s body returned to Monroe County, funeral date set