Suspect Killed in Solon Had Pending Gun Case

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SOLON, Ohio -- The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification is investigating an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead.

It happened around 9:45 p.m. at the intersection of Bainbridge Road and Sunnywood Drive Sunday.

According to the Solon Police Department, officers attempted to stop a suspect’s vehicle that had fled the scene of a routine traffic stop. Before the officers could get out of their cruisers, they came under gun fire. The suspect shot through both police cars.

That suspect was identified Monday by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's office as Kevin M. Bailey, 22, of Sylvania Township near Toledo.

The medical examiner determined Bailey died of four gunshot wounds to the head, torso and extremities.

Why he opened fire on police investigators may never actually know.

Toledo Municipal Court records, however, show Bailey was driving with a suspended license and that he had several pending cases, including one for his arrest on a firearms charge.

Court documents show Bailey was arrested in March of 2012 after running a stop sign, crashing into another car and then leaving the scene.

The arresting officer noted: "defendant operated listed vehicle south on Evesham at a high rate of speed, failed to stop for the stop sign at Midway Plaisance and struck a vehicle traveling west bound with the right of way. The defendant stopped long enough to let three passengers flee on foot,and he drove away in the opposite direction."

A court document in November 2012 shows Bailey was arrested on a charge of improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle loaded and accessible to any passenger within.

Toledo Police records show "The firearm was found upon conducting an inventory search prior to being towed."

Another court document dated December 23, 2012, accuses Bailey of exchanging seats with a back seat passenger when Toledo officers pulled him over at the intersection of South St. and Reynolds.

Bailey's Toledo record includes multiple other motor vehicle violations.

He was charged with obstructing official business.

According to court documents, Bailey told the officers he did that because "he didn't have a valid driver's license."

Solon police on Monday issued a release in which they said one of the officers involved in Sunday's shooting was shot in the chest and left arm, but was wearing a bullet proof vest.

Two officers were treated and released from the Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Emergency Department. They have been placed on administrative leave.

Solon Police Chief Christopher P. Viland released the following statement:

"We expect a full and complete investigation and await what we feel will be positive results. We will also be in the process of providing appropriate counseling for all involved employees. This is one of those events that no one thinks will ever happen in the suburbs. It is what we train for but hope won’t come to pass."

Police said it may be several weeks before the investigation into Sunday's shooting is complete.

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