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Twinsburg Police, SWAT respond to suspected murder-suicide

by GINA MACE | TWINSBURG BULLETIN REPORTER Published: September 6, 2016 11:31 AM

Twinsburg -- Two men are dead after an incident Sept. 4 that brought Twinsburg police and Metro SWAT to a townhouse in the 9600 block of East Idlewood Drive.

At least two residents in the area called 911 just before 5 p.m. to report sounds of gunshots, police said.

When police arrived, they found 57-year-old Jerry Robinson on the ground near his truck at the East Idlewood address with "multiple gunshot wounds to his abdomen." Mr. Robinson, whose driver's license lists a Northfield address, was transported to Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Health and Surgery Center, where he was prounounced dead an hour later.

The suspected shooter, 58-year-old Robert Waltzer, went back inside the home and did not respond to attempts by Twinsburg Police and Metro SWAT to make contact.

At about 10 p.m., SWAT deployed gas into the townhouse, then entered the residence.

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Several nearby residences were evacuated

Waltzer was found dead of an "apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound," according to a press release from Twinsburg Assistant Police Chief Bob Gonsiewski.

Mr. Robinson's parents tell Cleveland.com his relationship with a longtime girlfriend recently ended and she had moved in with Waltzer.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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