Police: Robbery suspect in I-480 deadly shooting had BB gun - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Police: Robbery suspect in I-480 deadly shooting had BB gun

It all started after the suspect robbed this Papa John's in Parma Heights. (Source: WOIO) It all started after the suspect robbed this Papa John's in Parma Heights. (Source: WOIO)
Multiple departments were involved in the pursuit. (Source: WOIO) Multiple departments were involved in the pursuit. (Source: WOIO)
The chase ended after Michael Brennan crashed his truck into the median. (Source: WOIO) The chase ended after Michael Brennan crashed his truck into the median. (Source: WOIO)
Police say it was an all black BB gun with no orange tip. (Source: Parma Heights Police) Police say it was an all black BB gun with no orange tip. (Source: Parma Heights Police)
Michael Brennan's death was ruled a homicide. (Source: Facebook) Michael Brennan's death was ruled a homicide. (Source: Facebook)
PARMA HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

Cleveland 19's Chief Investigator Carl Monday is looking into three police pursuit policies after last week's deadly shooting on I-480.

Meanwhile, Parma Heights Police, along with Parma Police and Brooklyn Police, have confirmed the weapon that suspect Michael Brennan had during the deadly incident was a black BB gun.

Police say it was a facsimile firearm, described as a model 1911 BB gun from an unknown manufacturer. There was no orange tip.

On Thursday, police say Brennan robbed a Papa John's in Parma Heights, then led police on a chase before crashing into the median on I-480 in Cleveland. Police say after the crash, Brennan exited the vehicle with the replica gun and pointed it at officers. Six officers fired, killing Brennan.

Carl Monday looked into whether they were following their own department policies for use of deadly force.

Four officers from Parma Heights were involved in the shooting. According to their department policy, officers can use deadly force to apprehend a felon who has committed a violent crime and who's escape poses a substantial risk of death or serious injury to others if apprehension is delayed.

Another officer on the scene was from Brooklyn. Similar to Parma Heights, that department's policy says officers are authorized to use deadly force to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon, again, if police believe the suspect poses a threat to them or the officers.

Parma was the third department in pursuit. It's policy reads:  It's not unreasonable to prevent the escape of a fleeing felon by using deadly force if the suspect threatens the officer with a weapon or there is probable cause to believe that a crime has been committed, and there's threat of serious physical harm.

Stay with Cleveland 19 News for more on this developing story.

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