CLEVELAND - A deadly shooting involving Cleveland Metroparks Rangers has the Fox 8 I-Team investigating what went wrong.
Tuesday evening, a ranger shot and killed a man in the Cleveland Police garage after investigators say that man first shot and wounded a ranger in her patrol car as she was taking him to jail.
The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s office identifies the man killed as Derek Stokes, 33, of Parma.
Rangers arrested Stokes at the East 55th Marina after a traffic stop, and they say he had drugs. Records show he was also wanted for a violent home invasion.
The chief of the Rangers says his officers did search Stokes for weapons and handcuff him.
The I-Team has learned investigators believe the man had hidden a small handgun on his body, possibly in a boot.
As for the handcuffs, veteran officers tell the I-Team, suspects can be handcuffed in back, yet some folks can twist or maneuver their bodies and end up with their hands in front.
At a news conference the chief of the Rangers took no questions.
The I-Team also reviewed ranger policies for searching and transporting prisoners. A section labelled 'Search Incident to Arrest' relates to a person and any weapons that could be used against a ranger or for an escape.
Another policy says generally one ranger will transport one prisoner. That happened in this case although with another ranger following behind.
Fox 8 has also requested police video from the case, and that has not yet been released. In fact a spokesman for the Metroparks says any ranger video is not being released since it’s ‘part of an on-going police investigation’.