HUDSON - State investigators are seeking answers about how a crash on the Ohio Turnpike ended with a suspect shot and killed by a Hudson police officer Sunday.
The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office said Monday it was not yet able to positively identify the man killed during a confrontation with the officer in the affluent suburb.
Police said the incident began when they received reports of an erratic driver leading to a crash in the westbound lanes of the Ohio Turnpike around 2:40 p.m. Investigators said the driver side-swiped another vehicle and flipped and that he ran away from his damaged vehicle before troopers arrived.
"There's something wrong with this guy, he got out of the car and he's running wildly," one 911 caller told dispatchers.
The Ohio Highway Patrol, along with its aviation unit, and Hudson Police searched for the suspect. A Hudson Police Officer located him in a wooded ravine near a Metroparks Conservation area along Hudson-Aurora Road around 3 p.m., according to investigators.
There was a "struggle" between the officer and suspect and "shots were fired," according to a statement from the City of Hudson. Investigators have not yet explained what happened during the struggle and whether the suspect was armed.
The officer, who the Hudson Police Department has not identified, was checked for minor injuries and released from a hospital Sunday evening. Police said he is expected to be interviewed in the next day or two by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, which was brought in to handle the investigation of the shooting.
The officer has been placed on paid leave pending the outcome of the investigation, according to the statement.
Hudson Police Chief Dave Robbins said he could not recall any previous officer-involved shootings in his 36 year tenure with the department.