A Cleveland police officers’ arrest was confirmed Thursday morning, after a two-day search.
The city’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) arrested 32-year-old Richard R. Williams on suspicion of first-degree murder, police said.
Williams was taken to the Bureau of Correctional Services where he is being held on $2 million bond.
The Cleveland police department announced that an officer from its “Crime Scene Response Unit” has been placed on paid administrative leave.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said, “I am shocked and saddened by this news.
This is the culmination of many years of dedicated, professional work and work of great integrity and compassion.
It is the saddest of all news.
I have always been proud of the Cleveland Police Department, and its dedicated officers and the incredible men and women of the bureau.
They are my heroes.”
Chief Williams said the arrest will not affect the officers’ pending investigations into the disappearance of 34-year old Stephanie Schaeffer.
A Cleveland police spokesperson said the officers involved in the search were wearing body cameras.
Cincinnati’s police department said in a statement that the officers arrested Thursday were “detained for alleged unlawful entry and are being interviewed by the Bureau and the FBI.”