2 officer-involved shootings in less than 24 hours - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

2 officer-involved shootings in less than 24 hours

Police on the scene of an officer-involved shooting at E. 146 and Spear Friday night. (Source: WOIO) Police on the scene of an officer-involved shooting at E. 146 and Spear Friday night. (Source: WOIO)
The standoff happened Saturday morning on Ottawa Road near E. 71 and Harvard. (Source: WOIO) The standoff happened Saturday morning on Ottawa Road near E. 71 and Harvard. (Source: WOIO)

Any police officer will tell you there is no such thing as a routine call. Saturday morning an officer was nearly killed when he tried to serve a warrant on a man for not appearing in court.

"As they approached, the male standing in the driveway, the male looked at the officers, backed up, drew a weapon, and fired one shot," said Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams.

The officer was hit in the chest, but he was wearing a bulletproof vest.

"The equipment did what it was supposed to -- protected the officer," said Williams.

That gun violence happened in Slavic Village, but about 10 hours earlier, more gun violence on the city's east side. Police responded to a fight where baseball bats were used to injure people and damage cars. When police chased one of the suspects, shots were fired and the suspect was hit. This time, the officer was not hurt.

"Could have ended up a lot worse for our officers," said Williams.

On Friday, "Operation Samson II" was executed, resulting in the indictments of 60 people, along with the seizure of 110 guns. The operation was intended to prevent shootings, like the pair just described.

So was the operation ineffective?

"Definitely they work. We need all those illegal guns, ya know, out of the hands of criminals," said Khalid Samad.

As a community activist, Samad has spent years tracking and trying to prevent gun violence in Cleveland. He can identify much of the problem at its source and understands law enforcement can only do so much.

"Right. This is not a crime problem per se, it is a public health issue," said Samad. "Just follow the children home and that's where the problems are many times."

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