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Police investigating after robbery suspect killed in chase, shooting on I-480

It all started after the suspect robbed this Papa John's in Parma Heights, which has a visible security system in the front. (Source: WOIO) It all started after the suspect robbed this Papa John's in Parma Heights, which has a visible security system in the front. (Source: WOIO)
Police-involved shooting leaves one person dead. (Source: WOIO) Police-involved shooting leaves one person dead. (Source: WOIO)
Part of I-480 shut down to one lane. (Source: WOIO) Part of I-480 shut down to one lane. (Source: WOIO)
I-480 EB opens to traffic hours later. (Source: WOIO) I-480 EB opens to traffic hours later. (Source: WOIO)
Det. Sgt. Steve Scharschmidt with Parma Heights Police provided an update on the investigation during an evening press conference. (Source: WOIO) Det. Sgt. Steve Scharschmidt with Parma Heights Police provided an update on the investigation during an evening press conference. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

A robbery in Parma Heights ended with shots fired and a suspect dead Thursday. Local agencies are working together to try to get all the facts.

Det. Sgt. Steve Scharschmidt with Parma Heights Police says witnesses called 911 to report an aggravated robbery at the Papa John's on the corner of Oakwood and Pearl in Parma Heights. Callers described a male who had just robbed the business, brandishing a hand gun. Police caught up with the suspect in a pick-up truck and a chase ensued. 

Scharschmidt says around 1:15 p.m., the suspect entered I-480 eastbound at Tiedeman Road and crashed into the median just past State Road. 

According to Scharschmidt, the suspect exited the vehicle with what may have been a replica gun and pointed it at officers. Police then fired six shots at the suspect, killing him. Parma, Parma Heights and Brooklyn officers all fired at the suspect, but Scharschmidt says it is unknown which shot was fatal.

The chase only lasted several minutes but multiple agencies are investigating, including the prosecutor’s office, Parma Police, Parma Heights Police, Brooklyn Police and Cleveland Police. Departments will look into the use of deadly force and accident reconstructing.

Scharschmidt says tests will need to be conducted to determine if the gun was a toy.

He says the suspect only got away with $89.

The medical examiner will identify the suspect.

Around 5:30 p.m., the truck was towed from the scene and I-480 eastbound started reopening after being closed for hours during investigation.

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