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Cleveland: 32-year-old man fatally shot attempting to break up assault

A reward up to $5,000 is available for information regarding the incident.

CLEVELAND — A 32-year-old man was fatally shot while attempting to stop an assault in Cleveland on Monday night.

According to Cleveland Police, a preliminary investigation has revealed that the suspect entered a residence located in the 1100 block of E 176th St. and began assaulting a 28-year-old female. The 32-year-old man attempted to stop the assault and began fighting with the suspect.

During the fight, the suspect pulled out a gun and shot the man in the body before fleeing. Officers arrived at approximately 9:45 p.m. and rendered aid until EMS arrived. The man was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the victim as Dionte Atwater of Cleveland.

A person of interest in the incident has been identified and an investigation remains ongoing. Anybody who has information regarding the incident is asked to contact investigators at 216-623-5464. Information can be provided anonymously by calling CrimeStoppers at 216-25-CRIME, with a cash reward of up to $5,000 potentially available.

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