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Read how Elyria police determined they were looking for the wrong man in convenient store homicide (UPDATED)

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UPDATED: Patrick Gall was taken into custody Tuesday after a standoff with officers from multiple jurisdictions, including U.S. Marshals, at a home in East Cleveland. He is now in custody in the Lorain County jail, held on a $2million bond. At the hearing, Gall said he was unemployed and requested a court-appointed attorney.

ELYRIA — A Cuyahoga County man turned himself into police Monday evening, if only to clear his name.

Saint-Velle Pruitt, 18, of East Cleveland, was wanted in the death of Willie Fisher, 47, following a shooting Friday evening on East Avenue. Pruitt, accompanied by his family, turned himself into police between 5 and 6 p.m. Monday, according to Elyria police Capt. Chris Costantino. But once in custody, Pruitt was adamant in insisting his innocence to detectives.

Pruitt told police another East Cleveland man, Patrick Gall, 18, has used Pruitt’s identity during encounters with law enforcement. Gall’s use of Pruitt’s identity led to a warrant being issued for Pruitt’s arrest and him being listed as Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force’s fugitive of the week.

Following the shooting, Gall had been traveling with John P. Sullivan, 29, of East Cleveland, when Sullivan was stopped for speeding on Interstate 480 east by Brooklyn police about 10 p.m. Friday. Sullivan was taken into custody for driving on a suspended license and on an outstanding warrant from Maple Heights. When police inventoried his car, they found a loaded handgun and extra ammunition in his car’s glove box.

Gall was released from the scene.

“Gall was the passenger in the car,” Costantino explained. “When the Brooklyn police officers spoke to him in the car … he gave a false name. And, apparently, Gall had done this in the past.”

A warrant was later issued for Pruitt’s arrest for his suspected involvement in the murder. According to Costanino, it was dash and body camera footage from the traffic stop and booking photos from the Cuyahoga County Sherriff’s Office that helped clear Pruitt’s name and identify Gall.

A warrant has since been issued for Gall’s arrest for aggravated murder.

Gall is still at large and should be considered armed and dangerous, according to Elyria police.

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