Officer Involved Shooting
The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is currently investigating an officer involved shooting which occurred on Tuesday, August 11, 2015 at approximately 4am.
The preliminary investigation reveals that zone car officers on patrol in the First District observed a vehicle on Puritas near West 150th Street driving erratically, playing loud music and without headlights. The officers conducted a traffic stop and upon approaching the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle fled. A short foot pursuit ensued at which point, the suspect produced a handgun. One officer fired several rounds at the suspect, striking him in his abdomen and hip. The suspect’s weapon was recovered at the scene.
The officers rendered aid to the suspect prior to the arrival of paramedics, EMS transported the suspect from the scene to MetroHealth Medical Center where he was treated and reported to be in stable condition. No officers were injured during this incident.
The Infinity SUV driven by the suspect was a stolen vehicle, reportedly taken in an Aggravated Robbery/Motor Vehicle incident in the area of West 117th Street on August 11, 2015.
Investigators from the Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team responded to the scene for investigation. The officers involved in the shooting will be placed on three days of administrative leave as per Division protocol. Officers will be identified three days post incident.
ARRESTED: Justin Damato, white male, age 28.