CLEVELAND - Two people are dead after a homeless veteran attacked the director of the shelter he was living in, with an axe. He was then killed by police.
Around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Cleveland police were called to the Volunteers of America Veterans Resource Center on East 152nd street.
They say 48-year old resident and U.S. Air Force veteran, Raymond Ice, had just attacked the administrator, 59-year old Rita Ciofani, of Austinburg, with an axe.
"He was discharged because he wasn't being compliant with the program here and he pulled out an axe and he struck the administrator with it in the face, and we were told to block all the doors, so he couldn't get out," said witness and resident Jeff Chapline.
Police say when officers arrived, Ice was standing over the woman with the axe and a knife.
"At which time they told the male to drop his weapon, which he did not, the officers then deployed their tasers, striking the male, the male continued to come at the officers at which time they discharged the firearm, striking the male," said police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris.
Both were taken to Huron Hospital where they were pronounced dead.
Residents are having trouble making sense of the unexpected attack.