Man charged with killing Cleveland police officer, indictment against grandmother

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CLEVELAND (WJW) – A 24-year-old man accused of killing his grandmother and a Cleveland police officer has now been charged with aggravated murder and other crimes.

A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Delawnte Hardy on several charges Wednesday. He is accused of shooting his grandmother last month and Officer Jamieson Ritter on July 4.

According to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office, he was officially charged with the following:

  • Three cases of murder with particular cruelty (for which the death penalty is punishable)
  • Two counts of attempted murder with particular cruelty
  • One murder
  • Four counts of violent assault
  • Two cases of robbery with violence
  • Two counts of receiving stolen property
  • One count of possession of a firearm while under disability
  • One case of theft
  • One count of resisting arrest
  • One count of theft

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

Delawnte Hardy

Ritter was shot just 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 a gun belonging to his grandmother and then shooting her in the face on Friday, June 29, in Garfield Heights.

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

Grandma passed away earlier this week.

“In the span of a week, Delawnte Hardy inflicted unimaginable harm and suffering on two families, our law enforcement community and our entire region,” U.S. Attorney Michael O’Malley said in a statement. “My office will walk with these two families step by step to ensure justice. My thoughts and prayers remain with those suffering through this tragic situation.”