Man listed as critical after officer involved shooting on Cleveland's east side
June 20, 2011 at 8:13 PM EST - Updated June 24 at 11:03 AM
Cleveland Police are investigating an officer involved shooting. Authorities say police shot a 23-year-old man in the neck after cops say he collided an officer, but many witnesses are saying that's not how it happened.
It happened Monday afternoon just after 4:30 PM near a Shell Gas Station on E.93rd Street and Kinsman Avenue, right across from the police station.
Police say they moved in when they recognized a motorcycle as one that was involved in a recent hit skip accident.
"As they surrounded the tow truck, the suspect exited out the passenger side and tried to run. He stumbled, and collided with an officer. As a result of the collision, the officer's weapon discharged," said Sgt. Sammy Morris.
The suspect...Deaire Bowman...was shot in the neck. He's listed in critical condition at Metro.
Dawan McCrary was one of several onlookers who became angry at what he'd just seen.
"He didn't have a weapon," said Dawan McCrary. "I seen the guy get out and start running and right after he got away a little bit, they shot him. Everybody was shocked about what just happened."
Another witness, who claims to have seen the whole thing, says the police have the story wrong. He says that the shooting could not have been the result of a collision between the officer and the suspect because the victim was five-to-seven feet away from cops when he was shot.
Police have identified the officer involved as Officer Gregory Jones. Jones is a 20 year veteran of the Cleveland police force. He was not injured.