Dangers of Celebratory Gunfire
“what goes up…must come down”
As the Fourth of July approaches, the City of Cleveland wants to actively remind the public that not only is celebratory gunfire illegal, it is dangerous. The consequences and risks of celebratory gunfire can be significant and serious.
In any area, but especially in a densely populated urban area like Cleveland, the consequences of celebrating the Fourth of July or any other occasion with a gun can be devastating. The intention may be a celebratory shot toward the sky, but the consequences of that moment can be disastrous for a neighbor or someone blocks away.
The City of Cleveland would also like to warn the public on the dangers of celebratory fireworks. Fireworks are not only illegal to possess and discharge without a permit, but they can also be hazardous and ignite a fire that could quickly get out of control.
Safety forces will be on duty throughout the neighborhoods of the City of Cleveland on the Fourth of July. Police, fire and emergency medical service personnel will be alert, patrolling and ready, but safety starts at home in your neighborhood.
The City of Cleveland, Division of Police, wishes to promote a safe and fun Fourth of July. In the spirit of safety and responsibility, municipal codes involving fireworks, noise and alcohol in public will be strictly enforced.
Fireworks pose a serious threat when not handled properly. However, Illegal fireworks pose an even greater threat to those using or storing them and revelers. Illegal fireworks are notoriously unreliable and dangerous, and can quickly turn a holiday into a tragic day. The vast majority of injuries occur during the weeks leading up to and following the Fourth of July. For a safe and fun Fourth of July, leave the fireworks to the experts, as the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks are illegal in the City of Cleveland.
Unnecessary Noise complaints will be investigated and violators will be cited in accordance with the city’s noise ordnance: 605.10(b)(10) “the discharge of, ignition, or explosion of any fireworks, except novelty or trick fireworks” as a misdemeanor of the fourth degree. Violations of this section after having been warned within 36 hours of a second occurrence are a misdemeanor of the third degree. Violations of this section during any dates of June 15 through July 15 inclusive are a misdemeanor of the third degree.
In addition, if you plan to consume alcohol, choose a designated driver, take a taxi or use public transportation. Open container laws will be enforced throughout the city and within the parks system.
Officers of the Cleveland Division of Police were involved in an officer involved shooting today, Tuesday, June 30, 2015 at approximately 7:20pm in the area of 12900 Superior Avenue in East Cleveland.
The preliminary information reveals that members of the Gang Impact Squad were looking for a suspect wanted on several felony warrants. Officers received information that this suspect was in this area in a vehicle and upon stopping that vehicle and identifying the suspect, the suspect was ordered out of the vehicle, he produced a weapon and was shot by a Cleveland Police Officer.
The suspect was taken into custody and conveyed to MetroHealth Medical Center in stable condition. He was treated for minor injuries, a graze wound to his right side below his arm, and will not be confined to the hospital. No officers sustained injury.
Investigators from the East Cleveland Police Department along with investigators from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification will conduct the investigation of this incident. The Cleveland Division of Police will cooperate fully with this investigation.
Homicide Suspect Arrested:
Today at 2460 E. 86, Cleveland Police Officers arrested a homicide suspect following a short vehicle pursuit, and foot pursuit. Suspect was in a stolen vehicle, 3 other occupants are in custody. Suspect is a juvenile and He’s the second suspect in the 4-14-15 homicide of Miyazhane Vance from 636 E. 99 St #2015-101614. Vance’s brother was also shot but he survived. Vance’s boyfriend, Willie Wilson, jr, was previously arrested and his case is in courts now.
The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team (UDFIT) is currently investigating a felonious assault incident against three Cleveland Police Officers that occurred on Sunday, June 14th, 2015 at approximately 10:30 am.
A second district zone car received an assignment to respond to the W. 83rd and Detroit in connection with reports of six (6) males gathered outside an apartment building at W. 83rd and Detroit. One of the six males was described as wearing black clothing and waving a handgun. The assignment was given to a two-officer unit when a one-officer unit advised dispatch that he would assist the primary unit.
An officer arrived in the area at 10:37 and observed a male wearing a black hooded sweat shirt exit a building at 1388 W. 83rd. The officer observed what appeared to be a heavy object in the front of the male’s sweat shirt. The male appeared to take notice of the officer and quickly turned around and began walking southbound on W. 83 towards Detroit. As the male approached Detroit, the two officer car turned onto W. 83rd from Detroit. Upon observing the second police car the male immediately began to run southbound on W. 83 then west on Detroit. One officer used his police vehicle to pursue the male into a parking lot at 8310 Detroit. The officer was now able to see the suspect holding a dark colored handgun in his hand. The suspect scaled a fence entering the rear yard of 1384 W. 83rd. The officer exited his police car drawing his service weapon and began to carefully follow the suspect on foot. As the officer approached the fence the suspect turned and raised the handgun in the direction of the officer. The officer fired 4 rounds at the suspect. The suspect turned around and appeared to manipulate the handgun briefly before continuing to flee westbound towards a park on W. 85 Street. The other two officers arrived in the parking lot just after the shots were fired. After learning the officer was not injured, the two officers began to pursue the suspect on foot and the third officer who (who fired shots) re-entered his vehicle to continue pursuing the suspect
The two officers on foot lost sight of the suspect momentarily but citizens in the area indicated what direction the suspect fled in. As the officers continued on foot they reported hearing multiple gunshots fired behind them from the east. The officers reported hearing the rounds whiz by as they were running westbound. Both officers immediately took positions of cover and were unable to see who was firing.
The officer utilizing his police vehicle drove to W.87th and proceeded north. The officer observed the suspect emerge from a yard. When the suspect observed the police car he turned and began to run up the driveway of 1341 W. 87th. The officer exited his vehicle and pursued the male into the rear yard and ordered him to the ground. The suspect complied and the officer held him at gunpoint until the other two officers arrived and assisted with arresting the suspect.
The arrested male complained of pain in his side and EMS was notified and responded to the W.87th location. Officers re-traced the route taken by the arrested male and located a handgun that had been thrown into an open basement window of an abandoned house. The recovered weapon was missing a magazine. In continuing to re-trace the path taken by the arrested male officers located a magazine the same caliber as the recovered handgun. This magazine was in the area where the officer reported observing the arrested male manipulate the handgun.
The suspect was placed under arrest for Felonious Assault on a P.O. and CCW. The arrested male was conveyed to MetroHealth Medical Center by EMS where he was treated and confined for a puncture wound to his abdomen.
A check of the area where officers believed the shots were coming from revealed the suspect(s) were no longer in the area. Multiple spent shell casings were recovered from the rear yard of 1388 W. 83rd street.
None of the officers involved in this incident were injured. The three officers will be placed on an administrative 3 day leave, which is divisional policy.
The injury to the arrested male is believed to have occurred as he was scaling fences during his flight from officers. The suspect was not struck by the officer’s gunfire.
Arrested: 22 year old Alexander Frierson of Cleveland.