Two Police-Involved Shootings in Two Days

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CLEVELAND -- Authorities are investigating two police-involved shootings in two days. Coincidentally, both incidents happened while federal investigators are in Cleveland this week to look into the Cleveland Police Department's pattern of the use of deadly force.

Police Sgt. Sammy Morris tells FOX 8 there have been six police-involved shootings this year with four suspects being struck. None of the suspects died.

Cleveland police say detectives were investigating 29-year-old Xavier Hempstead, accusing him of burglary and possessing guns.

According to police, around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, detectives confronted Hempstead in the 12200 block of Emery Avenue on Cleveland's west side.

Investigators say as officers approached his black Infiniti SUV, Hempstead pointed the muzzle of a gun at them. A detective fired two shots, hitting him in the neck and chest/shoulder area.

"I heard the guy said 'put your hands up,' then I heard two shots, then I heard the car door shut and I heard him take off and I looked out the window and they were going down the street here and then took off toward the store," said one neighbor who did not want to be identified.

Officers chased Hempstead a short distance to a gas station a few blocks away near West 106th Street and Jasper Road.

"He pulled in that driveway, he stopped maybe right about here, you know, he got out, got on the ground, laid down and you know, they swarmed him, of course with all their weapons," said store clerk Jacob Prumley.

Police called an ambulance, which took him to MetroHealth Medical Center with what investigators say were non-life threatening injuries. Hempstead's surrender was captured by the station's surveillance cameras.

"They taped the whole gas station off, shut it down for about four hours," Prumley said.

The incident happened while investigators from the U.S. Attorney General's office in Washington are here in Cleveland looking into the department's use of deadly force in previous officer-related shootings.

"I don't want to say it's positive, but they're here and we'll do our job and they'll assess and give us a recommendation if we're doing the proper thing or not doing the proper thing," Cleveland Police Chief Michael McGrath told reporters at the scene Tuesday night.

"It's not the best neighborhood, but it's not typical either. I like the neighborhood, I've been here for a few years, it's a nice neighborhood but sometimes you get those things happening around here," said a neighbor.

Cleveland police identified the officer who fired his weapon as Det. Robert Miles, 45. He works out of the First District detective bureau and has been on the force since October 1995.

He is currently on administrative leave.

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