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Twinsburg police, Metro SWAT respond to alleged murder-suicide in Twinsburg

Jerry Robinson of Northfield allegedly shot, killed by Robert Waltzer, who then reportedly kills him

by Gina Mace | Reporter Published: September 14, 2016 12:00 AM

Twinsburg -- Police are releasing little information about the suspected murder-suicide Sept. 4 that brought Twinsburg police and Metro SWAT to a townhouse in the 9600 block of East Idlewood Drive.

Police say Robert Waltzer, 58, was home alone at his East Idlewood residence except his dog, Santiago, when he allegedly shot Jerry Robinson, 57, outside his condo, then went back inside and at some point turned the gun on himself.

Robinson was found 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 incident caused about 30 condos on both sides of the street to be evacuated, Gonsiewski said.

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It ended about 10 p.m., when Metro SWAT fired tear gas into Waltzer's home, then entered to find Waltzer dead of an "apparent gunshot wound," Twinsburg Assistant Police Chief Bob Gonsiewski said.

The dog, Santiago, was returned to the Port Clinton shelter where Waltzer adopted him two years ago, police said.

Other news agencies reported that a relationship with a longtime girlfriend contributed to the domestic situation.

Editor's Note: The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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