Akron police: suspect hit by police cruiser after firing shots at officers

AKRON, Ohio - A wanted suspect was hit by an Akron police car as he ran from police Tuesday evening.

It began around 5:30 p.m. when police stopped a vehicle at  Morse Street and East Avenue. They had received information that Michael Johnson, 34, of Akron was inside the vehicle. Johnson was wanted for escape, resisting arrest, obstructing official business, open container in a motor vehicle and contempt of court.

Akron police spokesman Rick Edwards says that as officers tried to stop the vehicle, Johnson jumped from the car, firing at police. The police returned fire. Police originally reported that the suspect was hit by gunfire.

Johnson ran to a nearby Circle K gas station where he tried to carjack a customer. The customer drove off, but as Johnson ran from that scene, he was hit by a police cruiser.

He was taken into custody and then transported to Akron General Hospital with a broken leg.

A revolver was found at the scene.

No officers were injured in this incident. As per departmental procedure, the officers involved will be placed on paid administrative leave while the incident remains under investigation.