Suspect accused of shooting Willoughby Hills officers pleads guilty

WILLOUGHBY HILLS, Ohio -- The suspect allegedly involved in the shooting of two Willoughby Hills police officers pleaded guilty to charges in the case Monday.

Timmothy Scott Schmidt, who police said shot Willoughby Hills officers, Cory Planisek and Craig Anderson, at Classic BMW in September, is accused of shooting at the officers, who then returned fire.

He told the judge Monday that he shot both officers.

The two officers and Schmidt were seriously injured. Schmidt spent seven weeks in the hospital and was released in November.  Since that time he has been in the Lake County jail.

Both officers spent several months recovering. They have now returned to work.

In court Monday, Schmidt pleaded guilty to charges of felonious assault and resisting arrest. He could face up to 45.5 years in prison. Prosecutors are seeking the maximum sentence.

He is expected to be sentenced next month.

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