Police Fire At Suspected Stolen Car, Boy Killed

CLEVELAND (AP) - Police fired shots at a suspected stolen car early Tuesday that pinned an officer against a police cruiser and a fence, killing one teenager in the vehicle and wounding another.

The shooting occurred about 1:20 a.m. after police chased the car into an alley. Police began shooting after the driver refused to surrender and began to back the car into an officer, detective Nancy Dominik said.

According to a police report, when the car turned down an alley and crashed into a fence post, police cars pulled up alongside and behind the vehicle.

Officer Matthew Baeppler walked to the driver's side of the car and ordered the driver, Malcolm Hoyle, 16, to show his hands, Dominik said. Instead, the driver shifted the car into reverse and began backing into Baeppler's partner, Robert Taylor.

Baeppler, fearing for his partner's safety, fired one shot at Hoyle, hitting him in the face, Dominik said. Hoyle was in critical condition Tuesday at MetroHealth Hospital.

Taylor fired two shots as the car pushed him over backward, killing a 16-year-old passenger who was struck twice in the back. Another passenger, also 16, had a slight abrasion on the cheek and was in police custody, Dominik said.

Taylor was treated for a bruised left knee at Lakewood Hospital and released.

It was reported that a relative of one of the boys said the car was not stolen, but was borrowed.

The officers have been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates the shooting.

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