Officer Quits After Off-Duty Road-Rage Shooting Plea

CLEVELAND (AP) - A member of the Cleveland police SWAT team resigned from the force after pleading guilty to shooting out the window of a passing car in a case of road rage.

Geoffrey Stevens, 36, an officer for nine years, pleaded guilty Monday to felonious assault for firing at the car of Gerald Stueber, the Cleveland East Tech High School football coach.

Stevens was off-duty at the time.

In return for his resignation and plea, prosecutors agreed to drop a specification that Stevens used a gun in the crime, sparing him an automatic three-year sentence.

Stevens now could be placed on probation or be sent to prison from two to eight years. Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Anthony Calabrese Jr. will sentence him June 25.

Stueber was driving on Interstate 77 in Cleveland last Aug. 28 when Stevens pulled his sport-utility vehicle on the tail of Stueber's car, according to police, and then rolled down his window, yelled and fired.

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