Officer Desmond Sherry

Officer Desmond Sherry

Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio

End of Watch Thursday, July 3, 1980

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Desmond Sherry

Officer Desmond Sherry was shot and killed as he was driving home and stopped to prevent a robbery while off duty at 66th Street and Euclid Avenue at 2:20 am.

As he got out of the car, he was shot in the face three times. Twelve members of a gang, all in their late teens and early 20s, were arrested. Seven were released. The other five were charged with Officer Sherry's murder. Three were acquitted. The other two, both 17, were convicted, one for murder and the other for voluntary manslaughter.

The suspect convicted of murder was sentenced to 27 years to life in prison. He has his first parole hearing on July 19, 2021. The other suspect was sentenced to 7 to 25 years.

Officer Sherry had served with the Cleveland Division of Police for seven years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Bio

  • Age 29
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge 410

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .32 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

gang member, off duty, robbery in progress

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NEVER FORGET! On behalf of the Ohio Attorneys General Bureau of Criminal Identification & Investigation, we honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Officer Desmond Sherry of the Cleveland Division of Police, Ohio and the additional 76 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

July 3, 2022

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