Police: No Weapon Found Inside Vehicle in Officer-Involved Shooting
CLEVELAND– Cleveland police said no weapon was found inside the vehicle of a suspect in an officer-involved shooting, Tuesday night.
Police said the search warrant was executed Thursday by the Division’s Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team.
According to police, around 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, detectives confronted Xavier Hempstead, 29, in the 12200 block of Emery Avenue on Cleveland’s west side.
Authorities were investigating him in a burglary case and also for allegedly possessing guns.
Investigators said as officers approached his black Infiniti SUV, Hempstead pointed the muzzle of a gun at them. A detective fired two shots, hitting him in the neck and chest/shoulder area.
Officers chased Hempstead a short distance to a gas station a few blocks away near West 106th Street and Jasper Road.
He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center to be treated for his injuries; he is now behind bars awaiting charges.
The officer who fired his weapon is currently on administrative leave.
Police said the Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team will continue with the investigation and when finished, the facts will be presented to the prosecutor’s office for review.