Police identify 19-year-old shot by officers following chase in Akron

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AKRON, Ohio (WJW) - Police in Akron say three officers are on administrative leave following a police-involved shooting.

Officers said they fired shots at a 19-year-old Elijah Cade following a short pursuit that ended at Manchester Road and Kenmore Boulevard just before 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Cade is in critical condition, according to Akron police.

Police said they tried to stop his vehicle for not having license plate. When the vehicle didn't stop, officers pursued it for a short time before calling off due to speed.

The vehicle was found crashed into a pole a short time later.

Officers said the driver was slumped over the wheel.

As they approached the vehicle, he got out, and that's when officers fired shots, according to a press release.

Police didn't say if Cade was armed.

"We try to be very intentional, very purposeful when we have a situation like this. The investigation is still very fluid as far as the facts of what transpired," Lt. Michael Miller, Public Information Officer for the Akron Police Department, said.

Police say one officer involved has almost thirteen years of service and the other two officers have almost two years of service.

They will be placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

The state's Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to the scene along with the county prosecutor and police union.

Stay with FOX 8 for more as this story develops.

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