Deadly Police Chase Investigation Widens

Posted on: 8:05 am, January 29, 2013, by and , updated on: 02:39pm, January 29, 2013

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced the investigation surrounding a police chase that ended in the deaths of two people has widened and the number of officers involved is more than they anticipated.

The number of Cleveland Police personnel who will be interviewed now totals 115, as compared to a minimum of 26 officers identified in the hours after the incident.

Mayor Frank Jackson, Public Safety Director Martin Flask and Police Chief Michael McGrath held a news conference Tuesday morning.

Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams died after 13 officers fired 137 shots at them following the chase back on November 29, 2012.

Director of Public Safety Martin L. Flask said there were, “At least 63 police cars that had some role in this pursuit.”

The chase started at the Justice Center in downtown Cleveland after a police officer said he thought someone in the suspect’s vehicle fired a shot at him. The chase ended in East Cleveland.

It was revealed during today’s news conference that the U.S. Attorney’s Office was there during the initial investigation days after the incident.

Security video from RTA showed more than 50 cars involved in the chase at certain points.

Toxicology reports revealed that Russell and Williams tested positive for cocaine. Russell, the driver of the car, had alcohol in his system. Williams also tested positive for marijuana.

Safety Director Flask told reporters, “Radio traffic has been transcribed and a hard copy report has been reviewed.”

Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath said the review into the chase is 99 percent complete. They have all the evidence gathered, but reviewing will take time.

McGrath also said, “While this is taking longer than I anticipated, we will continue to cooperate until it is completed.

The state Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation. It is not known when they will finish.

The 13 officers who took part in the shooting remain on restricted duty.

*Read past stories on the deadly chase here.

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:30 am

Chief McGrath: “US attorneys office was there during initial investigation days after incident.”

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:28 am

Police Chief McGrath: “When BCI finishes their investigation they will turn over their findings to the prosecutor’s office.”

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:15 am

Police Chief McGrath: “While this is taking longer than I anticipated, we will continue to cooperate until it is completed.

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:12 am

Cleveland Police Chief McGrath: “Logistically the review is about 99 percent complete.” Almost all evidence gathered, review of evidence needs time.

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:08 am

Safety Director Flask: “Radio traffic has been transcribed and a hard copy report has been reviewed”

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:08 am

Safety Director Flask “We have at least 63 police cars that had some role in this pursuit.”

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:07 am

Mayor Jackson “We will continue to give regular updates as we continue with the review”

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:07 am

Mayor Jackson: “We need more time to complete a thorough review of all the evidence”

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:06 am

Mayor Jackson: “The scope has widened and the number of officers involved is more than we anticipated”

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:06 am

Mayor Frank Jackson and others are updating the media on the latest on the deadly police chase and shooting that happened back in November.

Jessica Bates January 29, 201311:05 am

Mayor Jackson: “Committee has been reviewing evidence to see if police officers followed procedures” in regards to November chase.