Customer at car dealership shot two Willoughby Hills officers, police say

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio -- Willoughby Hills police say two of its officers were injured during a shooting at a car dealership on Thursday.

Police Chief Christopher J. Collins says around 2 p.m., management at Classic BMW on Som Center Road called officers for a customer problem.

"Upon making contact, there was a conversation between the officers; at some point during that contact, he [customer] drew a handgun and shots were fired," Chief Collins said.

The chief says both officers are in stable condition; the suspect, who was also shot, is also in stable condition.

Collins says the initial contact happened in the service department.

Sources had earlier confirmed to the I-Team that two officers were injured, along with a third person, during a shooting at the dealership.

A portion of 91 was closed as crews and more authorities responded to the scene.

Editor's note: sources originally told the FOX 8 I-Team that the shooting started as a traffic stop.  Police later clarified details of what happened.

Kara Sutyak September 28, 20173:25 pm

Willoughby Hills police are expected to give an update around 3:30 p.m.

Kara Sutyak September 28, 20173:38 pm

Police chief: Around 2 p.m., our officers were called by management for a customer problem. Upon making contact, there was a conversation between the officers; at some point during that contact, he drew a handgun and shots were fired.

Kara Sutyak September 28, 20173:38 pm

Police chief: Two of our officers were shot; right now, condition is stable. The suspect was also shot and is in stable condition.

Kara Sutyak September 28, 20173:39 pm

The initial contact was in the service department. 

Kara Sutyak September 28, 20173:40 pm

Both police officers are patrolmen. 

Kara Sutyak September 28, 20173:42 pm

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