CLEVELAND — On Saturday, Judge John O’Donnell found Officer Michael Brelo not guilty of all counts in the 2012 deadly chase and shooting.
Brelo had been charged with two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell.
O’Donnell also found Brelo not guilty of felonious assault in the chase and shooting.
Following the verdict, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said Officer Brelo remains on unpaid suspension, pending possible administrative charges.
On Nov. 29, 2012, 13 Cleveland officers fired a total of 137 shots at Russell’s 1979 Chevrolet Malibu. Investigators from the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation said 49 of those shots came from Officer Brelo’s Glock 17. His final 15 shots were fired from the hood of the suspect’s car.
According to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office, Russell suffered 23 gunshot wounds and his passenger, Williams, was shot 24 times.