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For Immediate Release

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September 09, 2010 Brian W. Koerbel – Deputy U.S. Marshal
Northern District of Ohio (216) 276-1033
U.S. Marshals Task Force Nabs West Side Shooter in Parma
NOVFTF LogoCleveland, OH – Wanted fugitive Joshua Browning, age 20, was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at approximately 2:00 pm in Parma, Ohio. During the course of the last two months the Task Force had worked relentlessly in search of Browning. Deputy Marshals and Task Force Officers had conducted numerous interviews of Browning’s family and associates during the past weeks and were able to decipher critical information leading to his arrest. The information was pieced together and led the Task Force to a possible location in the Parma area.

Early this morning the Task Force set up surveillance at the ParmaTown Apartments in the section known as “The Gardens” in hopes of finding Browning. At approximately 1:30 pm a positive identification was made by the Task Force that Browning had been seen in building #15 located at 7935 Greenwood View Drive. The Task Force set up a perimeter around the building and made entry into an apartment on the 15th floor. Browning, who was unable to escape from the apartment, immediately self-surrendered in the dining room.

Browning was wanted by the Cleveland Division of Police on charges of homicide. On July 2, 2010, Browning was the alleged lone gunman in a shooting which took place on the 3000 block of w. 44th street in Cleveland. Browning allegedly shot his male victim in the chest numerous times killing him on the scene. The shooting was in retaliation for the attempted murder of T.J. Simms, a close friend of Browning. Browning mistook the male victim to be one of the suspects in the Simms shooting.

Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba stated, “The Cleveland Division of Police once again recognizes the importance of the law enforcement partnerships which allowed us to apprehend this violent suspect working together as one team.”

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of a known fugitive is encouraged to contact the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at: 1-866-4-WANTED. Callers may remain anonymous. The Task Force’s “Dangerous Dozen” fugitives can be viewed at http://www.usmarshals.gov/district/oh-n/fugitives/pdf/dangerous_dozen.pdf, which is updated monthly.

The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force – Cleveland Division is composed of the following federal, state and local agencies: Bratenahl Police Department, Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Chagrin Falls Police Department, Cleveland Police Department, Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority Police Department, Department of Housing and Urban Development – Office of Inspector General, Euclid Police Department, Lakewood Police Department, Linndale Village Police Department, Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Social Security Administration - Office of Inspector General, U.S. Coast Guard Investigative Service, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Secret Service and the Westlake Police Department.

For more information about the U.S. Marshals Service, visit http://www.usmarshals.gov