CLEVELAND- Two more investigations into deadly Cleveland police shootings have been turned over to the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department, the FOX 8 I-Team has learned.
The one investigation involves the death of Theodore Johnson in March. Police said Johnson first shot an officer in a bullet-proof vest before other officers shot him to death.
The second investigation centers around 18-year-old Brandon Jones, who was also killed in March. Police said the teen broke into a store Parkwood Drive and struggled with officers being he was fatally shot. Officers did not find a weapon on Jones.
The Cleveland Division of Police already investigated the cases, then the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office turned the investigations over to the sheriff’s department.
A prosecutor’s office spokesman said this is in keeping with how Prosecutor Tim McGinty wants to handle police shootings.
“…It builds public confidence to have an independent police agency conduct or review investigations of fatalities involving police,” said Joe Frolik with the prosecutor’s office.
The Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Department is already looking into the deaths of Tanisha Anderson and Tamir Rice. Anderson died last year while in Cleveland police custody while 12-year-old Rice was shot and killed by police at Cudell Recreation Center when he refused to put down an airsoft gun.
The prosecutor’s office said it is reviewing that report and “conducting additional investigation to augment it.”