Police Chief Michael Marotta said his officer was sitting inside his cruiser when the gunfire started.
“At that point, he thought someone had opened fire on him in the police vehicle,” Marotta told the I-Team. “It came down through the roof of our police car, and struck our officer. It hit him, grazed him on his neck, and then lodged inside his bulletproof vest carrier. We did recover the bullet.”
Marotta said the officer is sore but should be OK.
“He is very lucky,” the chief noted.
In the days leading up to New Year’s Eve, police all over the region issued warnings and urged people not to take part in celebratory gunfire.
“It appears no one listened,” said Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer, as he watched a video taken by a Euclid resident New Year’s Eve. On the video, numerous gunshots can be heard.
“It sounds like a war zone. There is no reason for this at all,” he said.
“This behavior is illegal. You cannot do this. And it can have consequences that are fatal,” Meyer said. “It needs to stop.”
“I implore everyone to not fire firearms into the air, whether it’s celebratory or whatever,” Marotta said. “These bullets don’t disappear.”