Preliminary Report: Deadly Shooting Appears Justified

UPDATE: Cleveland, OH - Just hours after a deadly police shooting that left a 17-year-old dead - a preliminary report has ruled the shooting appears be to justified.

This decision by the city prosecutor comes as the coroner ruled the teen, Angelo Miller, died from a gunshot wound to the back.

The shooting happened as the off-duty officer - John Lundy - was responding to a call that people were stealing items from cars in a parking lot early Friday, police said.

Lundy was in partial-uniform while working security at Lexington Village apartment complex on the city's east side, police Lt. Thomas Stacho said.

The officer investigated and recovered some property apparently taken from vehicles in the parking lot. The officer also noticed some smashed car windows and stereos missing, Stacho said.

He took the recovered property to the complex office, then went back to the scene to investigate further. The officer had a confrontation with the driver of a vehicle with several car stereos in the back seat around 1:45 a.m. and fired shots, Stacho said. The car then crashed.

Angelo Miller was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he died.

Officials planned to interview Lundy, an 18-year veteran, who has been placed on administrative leave. Stacho said there was no indication that the suspect was armed.

"I don't know what the officer's state of mind was at the time of the shooting," Stacho said.