Cops Unload 137 Bullets Into Car That 'Shot' At Police HQ -- Find No Weapon (InformationLiberation)
A Cleveland officer thought a car fired a bullet at their police headquarters, police responded by engaging in a massive police chase which eventually ended with 13 police shooting 137 shots at the suspected "shooter's" car, riddling it with bullets and killing the male driver and female passenger, they even hit their fellow officers' cars with friendly fire. After searching the vehicle police found no weapons. Additionally, no evidence was found a bullet was shot outside the police's headquarters.
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — With 13 Cleveland police officers firing 137 rounds and killing two people following a chase Thursday night, city leaders are seeking answers and could ask for a civil rights investigation.
Investigators did not find a gun inside the bullet-riddled blue Chevrolet Malibu SS when staff from the Cuyahoga County medical examiner's office removed the bodies from the car Friday evening.
The driver of the car was identified as Timothy Russell, 43. Riding with him was a 30-year-old woman whose name has not been released pending notification of next of kin.
EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio - There was no gun inside the suspects’ car involved in the high-speed chase that ended with gunfire Thursday night, East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts said.
Cleveland police said an officer saw a car drive by near the Justice Center on West St. Clair Avenue and believed a shot was fired from within. That started the pursuit at about 10:30 p.m. and lasted about 25 minutes.
At the end of the chase, two police cars were in front of the suspects’ car and were hit head on, Spotts said. Shots were fired at the car behind Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland, killing both people inside.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said a 30-year-old woman was killed. Spotts said they believe she was homeless and living in a shelter. Timothy Russell, 42, also died.
Spotts said no shell casings were found in front of the Justice Center. He said there is no evidence that this was a shootout or an exchange of gunfire.
Follmer said the police union was unnerved that McGrath called it a “very regrettable situation” that “hurts” his department.
“I don’t understand where the bad guys aren’t still bad, and now it’s the police officers,” Follmer told reporters and off-duty officers and their families at the CPPA hall.
“The officers involved are experienced and professional police officers,” he said. “For anyone who was not there to judge them without knowing all the facts, or to blame anyone else but the two occupants of that car for their own death, is ignorant and self-serving.
“Our officers did a great job.”
All 13 officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid leave.
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