Names Released in Solon Officer-Involved Shooting
SOLON, Ohio — The names of the Solon police officers who returned fire and killed a suspect have been released.
According to the Solon Police Department, Patrolman Steven Davis and Patrolman Nicholas Kline were involved in the March 17 incident.
The officers attempted to stop a vehicle that had fled a routine traffic stop.
Around 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of Bainbridge Road and Sunnywood Drive, the officers came under fire before they could exit their vehicle.
The suspect used a semi-automatic pistol to shoot through both police cars and hit Davis in the arm and vest.
Both officers were treated and released from the Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Emergency Department and placed on administrative leave.
Davis also underwent additional surgery to remove glass fragments from his hand.
He was hired in April of 2008 and is a member of the South East Area Law Enforcement SWAT team.
Kline was hired in November of 2009 and is a member of the Valley Enforcement Group SWAT Perimeter team.
The suspect was identified by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office as Kevin M. Bailey, 22, of Sylvania Township near Toledo.
Bailey died of four gunshot wounds to the head, torso and extremities.
It was not known why he shot at the officers.
Toledo Municipal Court records, however, show Bailey was driving with a suspended license and that he had several pending cases, including one for his arrest on a firearms charge.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is handling the investigation.
“We continue to cooperate closely with BCI and as we receive authorization to release information we will do that as quickly as possible,” said Police Chief Christopher Viland. “We certainly want to tell the story of the courage and professionalism of our employees without complicating or compromising the continuing investigation.”
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(Fox 8’s Dave Nethers contributed to this report.)