Officer Shot in Vest; Possible Witness Sought

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CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Division of Police would like to find a man who may have witnessed a struggle that ended with a police officer getting shot.

Patrol Officer Robert Taylor suffered only minor injuries.  The bulletproof vest he was wearing likely saved his life.

The confrontation happened on Monday morning when Taylor, 43, encountered a man believed to have broken into an apartment building on Addison Avenue in Cleveland.

The man had a weapon in his waistband.

During the struggle, Taylor fired three shots from his service weapon.

He was hit in the lower torso, but it was unclear if the bullet was fired from his gun or the other man’s.

Taylor was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, and though police searched the neighborhood, the suspect was able to get away on foot.

Police would like to speak to the possible witness whose sketch appears above.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call (216) 252-7463.

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