(Cleveland)- Cleveland police are investigating a police officer involved shooting that occurred on Monday, December 9, 2013, in the 3200 block of W. 32nd Street.
Police say about 9:30 p.m., a second District one man zone car observed a stolen Dodge minivan driving southbound on W. 32nd Street. The zone car followed the stolen vehicle until a Second District Detective car responded as back up. As the officers followed the vehicle it turned into a driveway in the 3200 block of W. 32nd Street and stopped. The driver was ordered out of the vehicle, but did not comply and sat in the car. The uniformed officer and detectives exited their vehicles.
The uniformed officer approached the suspect's vehicle and the suspect suddenly put the vehicle in reverse and accelerated-- striking the officer’s zone car and nearly hitting the uniformed officer. The suspect then sped forward hitting a bush and a fence. As the suspect attempted to flee the van got stuck on the fence. The suspect's vehicle freed itself from the fence and suddenly headed towards one of the detectives. At this time the detective discharged his service weapon at the vehicle approximately four times.
The vehicle continue northbound on W. 32nd Street and stopped south of Clark Avenue. The suspect then exited the vehicle and fled on foot through the yards. After a short foot pursuit the suspect was apprehended and placed under arrest. Once the suspect was taken into custody he was found to have a gunshot wound to the torso. EMS was notified, responded to the scene and transported the suspect to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was confined for his injury.
No police officers were hurt.
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