Kent State graduate killed in the line of duty

Kent State graduate and Cleveland police detective Jonathan Schroeder was killed early yesterday morning while serving an arrest warrant on Cleveland’s west side.

Schroeder, 37, volunteered to be part of the team sent to arrest Wilson Santiago, who was suspected of raping a Cleveland woman, said Cleveland Police Lt. Thomas Stacho.

Just before officers entered Santiago’s residence, he opened fire through the front door, striking Schroeder in the upper chest.

He was pronounced dead at Metrohealth Medical Center at 12:16 a.m., leaving behind a wife and a 10-month old son, Stacho said.

Santiago will be charged with aggravated murder of a police officer before the weekend ends, Stacho said.

A fund has been set up to assist Schroeder’s family.

Schroeder graduated from Kent State in 1992 with a bachelor’s degree in general studies, according to the office of the University Registrar.

Steve Bushong