Body of man fleeing from police recovered from icy water in Shaker Heights

SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio-- Emergency crews in Shaker Heights recovered a man who fell through ice while fleeing from police.

It happened at Green Lake, located near Andover and South Woodland roads, shortly before noon Monday. The dive team is at the scene.

Shaker Heights police said that they received a call from a resident on Chagrin Boulevard about an abandoned car in their driveway. Officers found that the car had been reported stolen and noticed footprints leading onto Green Lake. The footprints led to a hole in the ice. Fire Department rescue crews were called to the scene.

Shaker Heights Fire Chief Patrick Sweeney said the suspect was under for more than an hour.

Crews pulled the body from the water shortly after 2 p.m. Sweeney said at that time that he was not breathing and unconscious. Paramedics took him to a hospital.

"When you put rescuers in these types of conditions, it's very dangerous," Sweeney said. "This is a very complicated recovery-rescue."

Police also add that an earlier call on Monday, also about an abandoned car, turned up another stolen car. Footprints from that scene appeared to be similar to those leading away from the abandoned car on Chagrin Boulevard.

Police continue to investigate.