Home invaders shoot and kill Cleveland man during marijuana deal


CLEVELAND — A Cleveland man was shot and killed at a West Side home Sunday night in what police described as an armed home invasion during a marijuana deal.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified 29-year-old James Dowell as the victim. He suffered several gunshot wounds, police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said.

The shooting happened about 11:30 p.m. at a home on West 52nd Street between Kouba and Field avenues in the Stockyards neighborhood.

Dowell and a woman were home alone when a boy came to the house to buy marijuana from Dowell, Ciaccia said. Two armed males with handguns stormed through the back door at about the same time, police said.

The pair tried to use duct tape to bind Dowell, but a fight broke out and one of them shot Dowell, Ciaccia said.

The woman told police that she hid during the confrontation.

Cleveland EMS workers found Dowell bleeding on the kitchen floor and pronounced him dead at the scene, Ciaccia said.

Homicide detectives are investigating, but no suspects were publicly identified and no charges have been filed.