I TEAM: grand jury considering deadly shooting by Cleveland police

CLEVELAND - The FOX 8 I TEAM has learned secret grand jury hearings have started surrounding the Cleveland Police shooting of 18-year-old Brandon Jones.

His family says he was unarmed, and police have said they did not find a weapon.

Police shot and killed Jones nearly a year and a half ago after they said he had broken into a store overnight. Investigators said Jones came out of the store and got into a scuffle with officers.

What happened during that moment could, of course, be critical to determining if the shooting was justified, or if officers should face charges.

A witness called 9-1-1 and said she later saw the gunfire.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutors say they can't comment. However, that office has a policy of taking all police deadly force cases to a grand jury.

Cleveland Police and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Dept. investigated what happened.

No telling how long the grand jury process might take. The investigation into the police shooting of 12-year-old Tamir Rice took months and months and months before a grand jury decision.

Meantime the family of Brandon Jones has filed a federal lawsuit.

Family attorney Paul Cristallo says, "From the information that we've heard, it doesn't sound like there was much of a struggle at all." Cristallo is encouraged to hear of the grand jury proceedings. He added, "The process with the grand jury is you're gonna get people from the community. Hopefully, they're gonna be impartial and unbiased."

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