Bedford's Sikh Community Baffled By Member's Actions, Fatal Shooting At Temple

April 8, 2010

Author: Michael Sangiacomo

Source: The Plain Dealer

Dozens of members of the Sikh community gathered at its temple on Tarbell Avenue Thursday morning to try to understand why one of their own brought meat cleaver to the sanctuary hours earlier, an act that led to him being shot dead by police.

Ravinder Nijjar, 41, of Bedford, showed up at Guru Gobind Singh Gurudwara of Greater Cleveland Sikh temple shortly before 4:30 a.m. -- as worshippers were preparing for morning prayers.

Startled members called police.

Police Chief Gregory Duber said Nijjar approached an officer inside the building holding the meat cleaver. The officer, whose name was not released, twice ordered Nijjar to drop the weapon, Duber said.

The officer shot Nijjar three times from about 11 feet away, the chief said.