WILLOWICK, Ohio—Police say a local woman who was shot by police after a standoff at a Willowick McDonald's was unarmed, despite claims that she had a gun.
Police said Noelle Schulze, 48, walked into the McDonald's on Vine Street Wednesday night claiming she had a gun.
Schulze allegedly ordered everyone outside and then held one of the managers hostage.
According to the manager, Schulze pressed "something hard" against her back and told her she wanted to make a statement.
Investigators said the manager who was held hostage had no relation or prior history with the suspect.
During the ordeal, the manager stayed on the line with dispatchers for a period of 12 minutes.
During the phone call, Schulze can be heard saying she has a history of mental illness. She repeatedly states that she has "paranoia" and "does not want to hurt anybody."
When police arrived, one of the officers ordered the woman to stay put.
According to police, the woman pushed forward with her hand in her coat pocket.
That's when one of the officers fired two shots.
Schulze was struck twice in the torso. She was treated for non-life threatening injuries at Hillcrest Hospital.
"Everyone believed she had a gun, without her verbalizing anything, everyone believed she was going to do harm," said Willowick Police Chief Michael Lazor.
Chief Lazor said the manager should be commended for her bravery during this terrifying situation.
"She was under the impression, as were the other members of the restaurant, that this woman had a gun and had taken her hostage. She had an opportunity to walk out and say this is not my problem but she didn't."
Police said the officer involved in the shooting has been on the force since 1995.
According to Chief Lazor, Officer John Beckwith has been placed on administrative leave for three days, which is standard procedure following an officer-involved shooting.
"We're not mind readers, you know, we're trying to save lives," said Chief Lazor. "He's a good officer, one of the best I got. He'll be fine, you can't go through something like this without being affected."
Police said the investigation is ongoing. At this time, no charges have been filed.