Bedford officer involved shooting ruled justified

Bedford officer involved shooting ruled justified

A deadly shooting involving Bedford Police Officer Kevin Webb has been ruled justified by the Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office.

Officer Webb shot and killed 43-year-old John Hebebrand on December 26, 2014.

Webb was one of four Bedford officers who responded to a disturbance call on Archer Road around 1:45 a.m.

Once inside the house, the officers encountered an intoxicated and belligerent Hebebrand.

As the officers were trying to de-escalate the situation, Hebebrand's longtime girlfriend, the homeowner who had called police, warned the officers that Hebebrand might be carrying a large hunting knife.

Officer Webb ordered Hebebrand to put down the knife. Another officer also tried to persuade Hebebrand to disarm and leave the house.

He refused, threatened the officers and said he was not afraid to die.

Officer Webb first used his Taser against Hebebrand, but it did not incapacitate him, and Hebebrand pulled a knife from behind his back.

Hebebrand lunged at Officer Webb with his ten-inch blade raised. Officer Webb drew his firearm and shot Hebebrand five times.

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