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Police: 2 suspects in critical condition after downtown stand-off

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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- "Multiple suspects" are in custody after a standoff in downtown Cleveland Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia confirmed that two suspects were taken to the hospital in critical condition following the stand-off.

A Cleveland police officer suffered minor injuries due to gunfire while responding to the scene. Police say he will be treated and released from the hospital.

The standoff started just before 2 a.m. Tuesday at East 23rd Street and St. Clair Avenue. Police Chief Calvin Williams said officers were conducting their regular patrols when they spotted a car with four people inside.

Upon closer inspection, police spotted a weapon and demanded that the suspects get out of the car. Officers set up a defensive position. Two of the suspects jumped out of the car and were arrested.

Williams said police spoke with family members of the remaining two suspects in an effort to get them out of the car. They refused, however, and shot back and forth with police.

One of the men was shot while he was inside the car, and the other was shot when he exited the vehicle.

St. Clair Avenue and Lakeside Avenue were both closed between E. 21st Street and E. 26th Street. Police said at just before 8 a.m. that the scene had been cleared.

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