The Cleveland Division of Police is currently investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred March 10, 2015 at approximately 11:45 pm. The preliminary investigation reveals that a woman arrived at the fourth district police station at approximately 11:30 pm and reported to officers that her husband was at their home at 6902 Ottawa threatening her and the downstairs resident. The woman stated that the male was armed. This information was provided to Communications and police were dispatched to 6902 Ottawa.
Upon arrival officers gained entry into a common area of the home and proceeded up the rear stairs in an attempt to contact the male reported to be threatening. The suspect exited his upstairs unit and entered the hallway containing the officers and fired two rounds from a .45 caliber handgun at the officers. One of the rounds struck an officer in the chest area of his ballistic vest. The officers retreated to the downstairs unit. The suspect walked down the steps with the weapon in his hand yelling at officers to shoot him. Officers plead with the suspect put the weapon down. After ignoring several commands and pleas from officers to drop his weapon the suspect began to again raise the weapon in the direction of the officers.
Four officers fired their weapons at the suspect. A total of 5 rounds were fired by police officers. The suspect was struck by the gunfire and pronounced dead at the scene. The officer who was struck by gunfire was conveyed to Metro Hospital where he was treated and released. The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team responded to the scene as they do for all police officer involved shootings. A loaded .45 caliber handgun was recovered at the scene. An Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Office responded to the scene.
The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on a 3 day administrative leave.