CLEVELAND (WJW)– The Cleveland Division of Police provided a brief update on two recent officer-involved shootings.
Cleveland Director of Public Safety Karrie Howard, Police Chief Wayne Drummond and Commander Ali Pillow held a news conference on Thursday. While the shootings involved Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority officers and Maple Heights Police Department officers, the Cleveland Division of Police is the chief investigating agency.
“These families deserve, and we want, a thorough, sound investigation,” Howard said.
He said the officer-worn video will be released on Thursday.
On June 2, a Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority officer shot and killed a suspect. It happened at a housing complex on East 98th Street near Union Avenue.
Cleveland police said CMHA officers were called to the building for a report of a man throwing a bed frame, a door, chairs, a TV and a hatchet from a seventh-floor balcony. CMHA police struggled with the man. That’s when an officer fired shots. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as Desmond Eskridge, 42, of Cleveland.
According to Cleveland police, a CMHA officer was taken to MetroHealth Medical because the suspect bit off their finger.
On May 30, Maple Heights police shot and killed a suspect at East 93rd Street and Buckeye Road after pursuing a car believed to be involved with a shooting.