Posted on January 4, 2022

18-Year-Old Charged With Murder of Cleveland Officer Pled Guilty to Violent Robbery

Kelly Kennedy, WOIO, January 3, 2022

19 News investigators uncovering alarming new information about the pair accused in the carjacking turned murder of an off-duty police officer.

Back in November, 19 News reported on an armed robbery at Happy’s Pizza {snip}

The employees at that pizzeria were terrorized at gunpoint by two men and a woman.

We’re now learning that woman was Tamara McLoyd – the same woman now charged with that 25-year-old Cleveland police officer’s murder.

Tamara McLoyd

Tamara McLoyd

Police say the 18-year-old Garfield Heights woman approached off-duty Cleveland officer Shane Bartek in the parking lot of an apartment complex on Rocky River Drive on New Year’s Eve.

Authorities say she shot and killed the officer after a struggle {snip}


McLoyd has been wanted on the aggravated robbery charge since Nov. 9, but it wasn’t until after officer Bartek’s murder, that McLoyd was taken into custody on New Year’s Day.

In April 2021, McLoyd was arrested in Lorain County for aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery, and kidnapping.

19 News learned she pled guilty to complicity in a robbery in that case in Lorain.


{snip} McLoyd was sentenced to 3-4 years in prison, but the court ultimately ended up saying McLoyd didn’t have to serve time as long as she stayed out of trouble during her five year probation period.

There is still more, according to Strongsville police, McLoyd was also arrested for driving a getaway car following a theft from Dillards in Berea in October 2021. Police issued another warrant for her arrest when she didn’t show up in court for her arraignment.

19 News obtained McLoyd’s juvenile rap sheet in Cuyahoga County. It is 8 pages long {snip}