Two officers are recovering and two males are behind bars after a shooting incident on Cleveland's east side Wednesday night.
On Wednesday, at approximately 5 p.m.,
officers responded to a home in the 1400 block of East 61
Street for an aggravated burglary/shooting incident, in which an 85-year-old man came home to find that his home had been broken into. Upon encountering the homeowner, a suspect fired shots at the victim. Witnesses reported that the suspect got into a tan pick-up truck.
Police say around 7:20 p.m., zone car officers were on routine patrol in the area of East 79
Street and Redell Avenue, when they observed a vehicle matching the description from the previous incident. Officers followed the suspect vehicle and activated the overhead lights, pulling over the suspect vehicle in a driveway in the 7600 block of Redell. When officers exited their car, one of the suspects immediately exited the vehicle from the passenger side. The driver remained in the vehicle.
According to police, when officers ordered the suspect to place his hands on top of the vehicle so they could search him for officer safety, the contact officer holstered his weapon. The suspect suddenly produced a handgun, pointing it in the direction of the officer. The officer grabbed ahold of the suspect and a struggle ensued, at which point, the suspect fired a shot just narrowly missing the officer's head. Still, the officer suffered severe powder burns to his face, due to the close proximity of the weapon.
Then, police say both officers continued to struggle with the suspect. The suspect lost control of his weapon and tried to pull one of the officer's service weapons from his holster. When back-up officers arrived, the suspect was taken into custody. The second suspect was taken into custody without incident.
During the struggle, race accusations were shouted from the friends and girlfriend of the suspect, who just tried to shoot officers. The profanity was captured on cell phone video. Police say they're growing frustrated with the ignorant few.
"Right across the street, there were probably 40 people from that neighborhood. There was an elderly woman that was crying. Every one of them, 'We support you. You're in our prayers. Please tell those officers they're in our prayers,'" said Cleveland Police Union president Steve Loomis.