Police: Man Found at Gas Station Shot by Security Officers

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CLEVELAND — A man was shot following an incident with security officers, during which he allegedly drove his car at one of them when he was asked to move his vehicle, the Cleveland Division of Police said.

Are’es Richards, 20, of Cleveland Heights, was found unconscious at the Marathon Gas Station at East 40th Street and St. Clair Avenue around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.

He had a gunshot wound to his leg and was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where he later died.

According to Sgt. Sammy Morris, the preliminary investigation revealed security officers with Kingdom Warrior Protection were working a private party that was held at the Braxton Building on East 40th Street.

As they were working to clear the area of pedestrian and vehicular traffic, one reportedly asked Richards to move his vehicle.

He allegedly did not comply, prompting the security officer to knock on the vehicle’s window and ask again.

According to police, Richards opened the door and hit the security officer with it, who then slammed the door closed, but Richards forced it open again.

Richards got out of the vehicle, police said, and a physical struggle followed.

When Richards was pushed back into his vehicle, he allegedly drove onto the sidewalk and over a curb toward the security officer.

The security officer ran away, at which time three other security officers fired their weapons at Richards’ vehicle.

Police said a total of 27 rounds were fired by three of four armed security guards.

Five security officers were interviewed by Homicide Unit detectives and were cooperating with the investigation.  None of them suffered injuries.

No arrests have been made.  When the investigation is over, the case will be taken to the prosecutor’s office to determine if the shooting was in self-defense.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit at (216) 252-7463.