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UPDATED: Rochester 18-year-old turns himself in on attempted murder, assault charges

Colby James Cleveland allegedly shot his father in the leg during an argument Friday, March 19, 2021.

Rochester Police investigate a shooting Friday night, March 19, 2021, at the Villages At Essex Park Apartments in northwest Rochester. According to police, a man was shot in the leg after an argument with the suspect, who's believed to be the victim's 18-year-old son. (Joe Ahlquist /
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An 18-year-old man wanted for allegedly shooting his father during an argument late last week at a Northwest Rochester apartment complex turned himself in to law enforcement Tuesday afternoon.

On Tuesday morning, a warrant was filed for the arrest of Colby James Cleveland on charges of second-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon. Rochester Police Sgt. Eric Strop said in an email shortly after 2 p.m. that Cleveland had turned himself in at the Olmsted County Adult Detention Center.

Rochester police were called just after 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 19, 2021, to Essex Park Apartments, 1027 41st St. NW, for a report of a shooting. Officers were told that two shots had been fired.

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At the apartment complex, officers followed a trail of blood to an apartment, where they found a 49-year-old man standing in the doorway bleeding heavily from his left leg, according to the criminal complaint. The man suffered "a gunshot wound high on his inner left thigh."


The man told officers that he had asked his son, identified as Cleveland, about rent money earlier in the day and said that he told his son if he was not going to help with the rent, he would not be able to stay in the apartment.

Ten to 15 minutes later, Cleveland reportedly came out of his bedroom with a bag and started walking out of the apartment. The 49-year-old man asked for the key, and Cleveland said he was not going to leave his things there without a key.

An argument ensued, and "the two went to the ground wrestling," the man told police. The man said he thought he saw a handgun flash through his field of vision and was struck with something hard. The man backed off, but then followed Cleveland out into the parking lot, the complaint states.

It was there that the man saw a gun in the 18-year-old's hand and turned to walk away, the complaint states. He told police he heard the first shot and didn't know if he was hit until he felt the blood running down his leg. Cleveland is believed to have left the area in a dark-colored sedan.

In the apartment building's parking lot, officers found two live 9 mm casings and two casings between two vehicles, as well as a vehicle with an apparent bullet hole.

A witness told police they heard a loud argument coming from the 49-year-old man's apartment and then again in the hallway. The person also reported hearing a person say, "I'm going to (expletive) kill you" and "you're (expletive) dead," the complaint states.

Another witness reported hearing gunshots and then going outside, where he saw a man with a gun in his hand. The witness said the man "cocked" the gun back and said, "You're lucky I don't shoot you in the head right now."

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Emily Cutts is the Post Bulletin's public safety reporter. She joined the Post Bulletin in July 2018 after stints in Vermont and Western Massachusetts.
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