Westlake robbery suspect dies after police-involved shooting

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WESTLAKE, Ohio-- A robbery suspect died after a police-involved shooting in Westlake Monday morning.

The man robbed the CVS at Detroit and Bradley roads at about 9:30 a.m. He crashed his car at Detroit and Crocker roads while fleeing.

Westlake police said shots were fired and the suspect was taken to St. John Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

No officers were injured.

Police said two officers fired their weapons. The officers, a 38-year-old with 13 years experience and a 28-year-old with 3 years experience, were placed on administration leave. A third officer's cruiser was damaged during the crash.

A firearm or realistic-looking replica was recovered at the scene, according to police.

"All indications are that the officers’ use of force was appropriate," Westlake police said in a news release on Monday.

The suspect was identified as Devan Desnoyers, 26. Police said he is suspected in a string of CVS robberies in Lakewood, Cleveland and Olmsted Township over the last three weeks.

In the robberies, the suspect passed a note stating he had a gun and took opioids, police said.

Melinda Primmer of Westlake said she heard about five shots a little after 9:30.

"It's very unusual and scary," Primmer said.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation responded to investigate.  Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty was at the shooting scene Monday afternoon.

Two northbound lanes of Crocker Road reopened just before 4 p.m. Westbound traffic on Detroit Road remains closed. Police are warning drivers to avoid the area.

Westlake police also said Crocker Park was not involved in the shooting and was not placed on lock down.

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