Cop Shoots in Line of Duty for 1st Time in 30 Years
LYNDHURST, Ohio — A Lyndhurst officer fired at a man who admitted to pointing his cell phone at police in hopes of being shot and killed.
It was the first time in over 30 years an officer in Lyndhurst fired his gun at someone in the line of duty, according to Mayor Joseph Cicero.
“The situation was over in minutes, and we’re thankful that nobody was hurt,” Cicero said in a release.
The incident happened around 9:30 p.m. Friday.
Police said they received a 911 call from a male saying he just hurt his girlfriend and that he had a gun. The male said he was walking on one of the streets behind Brush High School.
Officers found the male — a 19-year-old from South Euclid — and attempted to detain him. But the suspect suddenly pulled out an object and aimed it at the officer, according to police. The officer discharged his weapon at the suspect once, but did not strike him.
The suspect fled northbound, where he was apprehended near Clearview and Westbourne. Additional officers arrived, and the suspect was arrested. A cell phone was found on the ground near the male, according to reports.
According to police, the suspect was apologetic and told officers he wanted to die. He admitted that he held the cell phone like a gun hoping to force an officer to shoot and kill him.
The officer who discharged his weapon, Officer Greg Traci, is an 18-year veteran of the police department and was not injured. He was placed on administrative leave per department policy, the press release states.
The suspect was taken to the hospital. His girlfriend was located, unharmed.