Police Shoot, Injure Ex-Councilwoman’s Son

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CLEVELAND -- The investigation continues into an officer-involved shooting that left the son of a former Cleveland City Councilwoman seriously injured. The incident started over an open container.

Cleveland police say the incident started with 5th District officers Alfred Johnson and Mark Worsencroft were patrolling in the area of East 93rd Street and Parmalee Avenue early Saturday morning when they observed a man with an open container.

"Like, I don't even understand why it happened."  Ray Brown is still in disbelief. He said he and his friend Randell Scott, Jr., 27, were just on the porch having a beer, when police approached them. 

"Police pull up, talk about open containers; but we in the yard, we weren't out in the streets doing anything wrong." 

Brown said Scott came off the porch as the police asked and was cooperative. 

"He came off collaborating, all of that, and put his hands up." 

Brown said Scott immediately informed the officers that he had a handgun in his waistband. Police confirm it is a weapon Scott is legally allowed to carry. 

"He absolutely did let them know that he had a gun. That was the first thing that came out of his mouth with his hands up in the air. So, why they draw they gun and shoot? That was just ... I am mad about it," Brown added.

But, police say at some point Scott lowered his hand toward his waist, and that is when Officer Mark Worsencroft fired his gun, striking Scott once in the stomach.  

Beverly Simpson remains shaken over the shooting that happened in front of her house. 

"The cop was out there. The partner got out of the patrol car and shot him. He was like in a sitting position. He said, 'You all shoot me ... why? Why did you shoot me?' " Simpson said of Scott's reaction to being shot.

Brown continues to wonder why the officer shot Scott.

"What made the police shoot, I don't know.  He was cooperating and doing everything they asked him to do."

As with any officer-involved shooting, the incident is under investigation to determine if the use of deadly force was justified. The facts of the investigation will be presented to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office for review.

Scott, Jr. is the son of former Cleveland Councilwoman Sabra Pierce Scott.  The family is not commenting on the shooting at this time.

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