Cleveland police officer shot while serving warrant on suspect

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CLEVELAND - A Cleveland police officer was shot in the chest around 5 a.m. Saturday morning near East 71st and Ottawa.

Police Union President Jeff Follmer says the officer was wearing a bulletproof vest and is in stable condition.

Police say the suspect had a warrant out for his arrest. Someone called Cleveland police Friday night with the location of the suspect.

When police arrived, they say the suspect pulled out a gun and fired, striking the officer.

The officer and his partner returned fire, striking the suspect who then took off. Police were involved in a standoff with the suspect at East 71st and Worley, where eventually the suspect staggered out of the home.

He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.

This is the second Cleveland police-involved shooting to occur in less than 24 hours.

On Friday night before 8 p.m., Cleveland Police Detective Jennifer Ciaccia told FOX 8 News  police were called to E. 146th St. in response to people fighting with bats.

Once on scene, witnesses pointed out one of the suspects in a car. Police say the suspect tried to drive away; they ordered him to stop, but he refused to get out of the car.

He eventually jumped out of the car and ran. Detective Ciaccia says an officer chased him on foot. During the pursuit, shots were fired and the suspect was struck.

The suspect was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where his condition is currently unknown.

Stay with FOX 8 News and fox8.com for the latest on this developing story.

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