Drug Suspect Dies After Being Shot At McDonald's

CLEVELAND (AP) - A drug suspect who hit a narcotics detective with his car was shot and killed by police in the parking lot of a McDonald's restaurant.

A police spokeswoman, Lt. Sharon MacKay, said Wednesday that the suspect, whose name wasn't released, apparently was wounded twice Tuesday night. He died at South Pointe Hospital.

The Cuyahoga County coroner, Dr. Elizabeth Balraj, said the shooting victim is a black man in his 20s who died of a gunshot wound to his back. There also was a wound to the front of his right thigh. She ruled the death a homicide.

Detective John Patton was treated for minor injuries to his knee, hip, side, hand and shoulder.

Patton and his partner, Detective Walter Thomas, were placed on paid administrative leave, a routine procedure in the investigation of a police shooting.

Officers said they saw the man involved in a suspected drug deal, followed his car and stopped him in the restaurant parking lot. When an officer approached, the man drove into Patton, MacKay said.

Both officers fired at the man, but it wasn't clear if both hit him, according to MacKay. She said suspected crack cocaine and marijuana were found on the man.

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