Cleveland Police Name Officer Involved in Shooting

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CLEVELAND –  The Cleveland Police Department has released the name of the off-duty officer involved in a fatal shooting early Saturday morning.

Patrol Officer Roger Jones has been placed on administrative leave. He has been with CPD since 2007.

According to Cleveland police, Jones witnessed a fight in the parking lot of Wilbert’s Bar on Bolivar Avenue, at around 2:50 a.m. Saturday. Jones reported seeing a man in a gold Saturn fire his gun multiple times. Jones radioed for help and chased the car on foot northbound on East 9th Street.

Officers stopped the car near East 9th and Prospect Avenue. They ordered three men to get out of the vehicle. Two of them complied, but the front passenger refused to do so. That’s when, police say, Jones shot the suspect when he reached for a handgun.

The deceased suspect has been identified as 20-year-old Kenneth Smith, of Euclid. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office said Saturday that Smith died from a gunshot wound to the head.

The two other men in the car were arrested. They are being held in Cleveland’s Central Prison Unit awaiting charges.

Further details were not immediately released.

(Fox 8 News Reporter Maria Scali contributed to this report.)

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