Family Wonders Why Cleveland Man Opened Fire on Police

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CLEVELAND, Ohio --

A makeshift memorial stands Wednesday afternoon at the corner of East 93rd and Raymond Avenue in Cleveland. That is where Willie Sudduth, 23, of Bedford Heights, was killed during an officer-involved shooting.

Police say late Tuesday night, officers noticed two men running from a store.

They say one man crouched down and fired at another person.

"The detectives then told the male to drop the gun. At which time, the male turned and fired two shots at the detective. They returned fire," said Sgt. Sammy Morris, with the Cleveland Police Department.

Sudduth was shot five times.

*Read more on the shooting from Fox8.com as the events were unfolding

"Willie wasn't an angel, you know what I'm saying, but he had a good heart," Sonya Sudduth, mother.

His family says Willie was the father of a four-year-old boy. He also had another baby on the way.

For his family, there are a lot of questions surrounding the shooting.

"A lot of questions that won't be answered. We just want the truth," said his sister Solange Burch.

"They've been doing a lot of this lately. Nobody seems to want to talk about it because they are afraid of what's gonna happen to them if they open their mouth," added Fletcher Burch, brother-in-law.

The shooting on East 93rd and Raymond is the second officer-involved shooting in less than a week.

Early Saturday morning, a young man was killed on East 9th Street and Prospect Avenue.

Police have one man in custody, but are still investigating the shooting.

Meantime, Willie's mother remembers their last conversation Tuesday.

"I called to tell him about his birth certificate. And the last words he said was, "Okay, Ma, love you". And I said, "Love you, too." And now, instead of getting a birth certificate, I gotta go get a death certificate!" cried Sudduth.