COPLEY, Ohio (AP) — A former police officer says he got involved in a gun battle with an Ohio man who police say shot and killed seven people because, as he puts it, "it's part of my DNA."
Keith Lavery tells WKYC-TV of Cleveland he doesn't consider himself a hero. He lives in the neighborhood near Akron where police say 51-year-old Michael Hance stalked people and gunned them down Sunday morning. His victims included an 11-year-old boy. Hance was killed in the shootout with police and Lavery.
Authorities are still trying to work out details and a motive. Neighbors say Hance's actions followed a dispute over a home that once belonged to the parents of his girlfriend, who was shot but survived.
Lavery says he feels terrible for everybody involved, including Hance.
Information from: WKYC-TV, http://www.wkyc.com