Police: Robbery suspect holding screwdriver when shot by officer - Cleveland 19 News Cleveland, OH

Police: Robbery suspect holding screwdriver when shot by officer

Agencies investigating officer-involved shooting in Shaker Heights early Sunday. (Source: WOIO) Agencies investigating officer-involved shooting in Shaker Heights early Sunday. (Source: WOIO)
The acting police chief and prosecutor gave an update on their investigation of the shooting on Tuesday. (Source: WOIO) The acting police chief and prosecutor gave an update on their investigation of the shooting on Tuesday. (Source: WOIO)
SHAKER HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

On Tuesday afternoon, acting Shaker Heights Police Chief Jeffrey DeMuth and Chief Prosecutor C. Randolph Keller provided details on the police-involved shooting of a man who tried to break into a home on Ludlow Road around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Police say resident Adrienne Nickerson called 911 after her alarm went off.

DeMuth says when police arrived, they were confronted by a man in the garage. Officer Kevin Ishler shot 51-year-old Jimmy Jones three times in the abdomen and leg. He is believed to be the only officer who fired. 

Jones was taken to the hospital and was last listed in fair condition. 

According to DeMuth, a lot of evidence was recovered at the scene. Jones was holding a screwdriver when he was shot, but police are still investigating if he had a gun.

"What I can tell you from seeing all the body cam video is that he did have a screwdriver. Now how, when it was used, if it was used as a weapon, I'm
not going to comment on that at this point and time," said Keller.  

Keller says things evolved quickly in a small, dark space. They are still in the preliminary phase of the investigation and will review if the shooting was justified. 

Officer Ishler, who has been with the department since 2006, is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is complete. 

Shaker Heights Police, along with the prosecutor's office, have decided to release the body camera footage, which should be available later Tuesday. Stay with Cleveland 19 News for more on this developing story. 

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