Detective Shoots Man During Investigation
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Division of Police confirmed a detective shot a man in the leg when he was confronted while processing a burglary.
According to Sgt. Sammy Morris, the detective was outside a residence in the 12300 block of Saywell Avenue on Cleveland’s east side around 6:45 p.m. on Thursday.
A 59-year-old suspect arrived at the scene in a vehicle and shouted, “Are you looking for me?”
He got out of the passenger’s side and showed what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, Morris said, prompting the detective to draw his service weapon.
The suspect refused to drop the gun after repeated orders then allegedly aimed at the detective.
Morris said it took two shots before the suspect dropped his weapon.
The man then ran inside a home and barricaded himself.
When a short standoff ended, it became known that the suspect had been shot in the leg.
He was taken to MetroHealth Medical center where he was being treated for his injuries.
According to Morris, police later learned the suspect’s weapon was a BB gun and he was also in possession of a sword.
The detective, who was not injured, is a 25 year veteran with the Cleveland Division of Police.
The Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team was investigating.