Three suspects charged in police involved shooting

Naumann - Crime Scene
Naumann - Crime Scene
Adult suspects
Adult suspects

Cleveland Police have identified the police officer who shot a suspect in an undercover drug operation.

According to a release by CPD, Detective Michael Alexander, a 16-year vet of the force fired the shot that struck Chase Downey.  He's been put on Administrative leave, which is standard procedure.

The four suspects from Friday afternoon's police involved shooting are in custody. Cleveland Police confirmed late Sunday evening that the three adult suspects have been charged with felonious assault and are scheduled to appear in court Monday, January 9th at 8:30 am. The juvenile suspect is awaiting charges.

Friday's incident stemmed from an FBI Task Force drug buy-bust operation at E.185th and Lakeshore Boulevard around 3:30 p.m.

During the operation, two suspects were shot. One suspect was shot by a Det. Alexander and the other suspect was shot by one of the suspects.

Downey was shot in the abdomen during gunfire exchange at 18423 Lakeshore. Downey was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center where he was treated and released. The second suspect, who was not shot by police, was wounded when a bullet grazed his leg at a home located at 18631 Naumann Avenue.

During the operation, authorities recovered two kilos of cocaine along with an unknown amount of cash.

Three suspects in custody have been identified as Downey, 24, Francisco J. Rodriguez, 19, John Campbell, 28, all from Kentucky. The fourth suspect is a juvenile.

The Cleveland Division of Police would like thank the residents for their help and assistance during the apprehension of these violent males.

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