Man shot and killed by Richmond Heights police was ex-Cleveland Clinic researcher

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio-- A man is dead and a police officer is recovering after a shooting in Richmond Heights Sunday evening.

Police were called to a home on Geraldine Avenue, off of Richmond Road, at about 7 p.m. for a suicidal man with a handgun. Police Chief Gene Rowe said the man let the officers come inside the house and agreed to be taken to University Hospital Richmond Medical Center.

While the man was gathering some belongings to take with him, he pulled out a gun and shot one of the officers, Rowe said. The second officer returned fire.

"It's always a dangerous situation. The officers are trying to be prepared to do the best that they can for that person and at the same time, try to make sure they're taking safety precautions themselves," Rowe said.

The suspect was killed and the officer was shot in the right side of his chest, according to Rowe. He was not wearing a bulletproof vest, but is in stable condition at an area hospital.

No one else was inside the house at the time

Rowe said this is the first time the shooting officer has used his weapon on the job. He has been placed on administrative leave.

BCI Special Agent Mark Kollar said they will do an independent investigation and turned the findings over to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office for review. BCI agents cleared the scene Monday morning.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the man as 46-year-old Carlumandarlo Zaramo .

A spokeswoman for the Cleveland Clinic said Zaramo was a researcher at the hospital until 2008.

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