Chase Suspects Shot More Than 20 Times Each
CLEVELAND — The Cuyahoga County Coroner’s Office said Monday that Timothy Russell, 43, a suspect in a deadly police chase, was shot 23 times all over his body.
The woman who was shot and killed by Cleveland police officers Thursday night died from two-dozen gunshot wounds, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office confirmed.
Malissa Williams, 30, was shot 24 times in the head, neck, torso and left arm.
She was with Russell during the 25-minute chase, which reached speeds of 120 miles-per-hour before it ended in the parking lot of Heritage Middle School.
Thirteen Cleveland police officers fired 137 rounds into the suspects’ vehicle.
Both suspects died.
Investigators said the pursuit of the duo began in front of the Justice Center, where an officer said he believed someone from the vehicle fired at him.
Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath reiterated those initial claims Monday, saying that other people, including a security guard, inside the Justice Center heard the shots, too.
No weapon was found in the suspects’ vehicle.
Since then, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation has been announced the lead investigator in the case.
Dashcam and radio calls of the incident were released on Monday.
Mayor Frank Jackson said the investigation could take up to a year to complete.
Meanwhile, the 13 officers have been placed in a wellness program and removed from active duty.