Incident that led to police-involved shooting in Willoughby started as call on outstanding warrants

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WILLOUGHBY, Ohio-- Some new details were released Thursday following a police-involved shooting in Willoughby on Wednesday.

Investigators say a man, now identified as Frank Sandor, 38, of Cleveland, was shot after he used his car to hit a police motorcycle and a patrolman.

A FOX 8 viewer recorded the incident after he witnessed a confrontation between Willoughby police officers and Sandor in the parking lot of the Lowe's store on Euclid Ave.

"I see the cops trying to pull the guy out of the car and tussle with him, and I just noticed the car going backward," said Brandon Richards.

Richards said when the car backed up, it struck a police motorcycle, and started to move forward. That's when one of the officers fired his weapon.

Sandor was hit by the gunfire, and his car careened across Euclid Ave. before crashing.

He was pronounced dead a short time later.

Richards told FOX 8, from his vantage point, he could not tell if a police officer was hit by the car.

Willoughby police said the incident began early Wednesday afternoon when they received a call that a man with outstanding warrants for his arrest was sitting in his car in the parking lot of Lowe's.

Police said he was wanted in Lake County and in Rocky River on charges that include possession of dangerous drugs and escape. They also said the car he was driving had been stolen from a parking lot in Brunswick in August.

Investigators said officers approached the man's vehicle after parking a cruiser in front of the car and a motorcycle behind it. They said, when questioned, Sandor gave police a false name and that's when the trouble started.

"When officers asked the individual to exit the vehicle, the driver threw the vehicle in reverse, and ran into and pushed our motorcycle out into the parking lot and also struck our officer in the process," said Chief Jack Beckwith.

The officer who was hit by the car was treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.

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