Civil Liberties

Cleveland Cops Fire 137 Shots In 20 Seconds Over Shot Heard Fired At or Near Officer

The driver and a passenger were killed


shot by cops
Cleveland PD

Police in East Cleveland say they found no gun and no shell casings in the car from which one unidentified officer said he heard a shot fired at or near him. Two people were killed, Timothy Ray Russell, the driver, and a passenger, Malissa Williams. From local TV station WKYC:

At the press conference, Cleveland Police Chief Mike McGrath said that the pursuit lasted 25 minutes, that 13 Cleveland police officers were involved in the situation, and 137 rounds were fired by police.

All 13 police officers were placed on administrative leave.

McGrath said it was determined that the bullet holes in the police cars were caused by police weapons.

Spotts said no East Cleveland police officers were on the scene when the pursuit ended.

The barrage of fire lasted more than 20 seconds:

A task force including the local police department, the county police, the county prosecutor and the state criminal bureau is investigating.