Officer opened fire during foot pursuit of suspect

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CLEVELAND-- Cleveland police released new information Friday night about an officer-involved shooting.

Cleveland Police Detective Jennifer Ciaccia told FOX 8 News that around 7:45 p.m. police were called to E. 146th St. in response to people fighting with bats.

Once on scene, witnesses pointed out one of the suspects in a car. Police say the suspect tried to drive away; they ordered him to stop, but he refused to get out of the car.

He eventually jumped out of the car and ran. Detective Ciaccia says an officer chased him on foot.

Cleveland Police Union President Jeff Follmer said during the pursuit, the officer said he saw the suspect pull a handgun from his waistband and pointed it at the officer. That is when the officer shot him three times.

The suspect was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. Police say he is alive.

Follmer tells FOX 8 News that the officer was in his probation period on the force and was hired roughly 3-4 months ago.

The police-involved shooting is under investigation.