Shooting, police chase that ended at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo started with a fight over social media

Shooting, police chase that ended at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo started with a fight over social media
New police footage shows a search for several suspects who escaped onto Cleveland Metroparks Zoo property.

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - A chase that led Cleveland Police on a search of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is the result of a fight between a couple that erupted into gunfire.

Police reports detail the April 3 chain of events.

Shooting, police chase that ended at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo started with a fight over social media

Documents state officers were in the area of W. 50th Street and Storer Avenue responding to a reported assault between a man and his “baby momma” at a residence.

After the assault, the man and his uncle started walking to the woman’s house. They told police they saw the silver truck approaching them from the north.

One of them men stated the “vehicle attempted to run them over” and “as they were driving away someone from the passenger side of the vehicle started shooting at them.”

Officers in the area heard the gunfire and video footage from police capture their reaction:

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"We just had about 10-gun shots about a block from us," an officer is heard telling dispatch.

The officers later spotted a silver truck.

"Vehicle going at a high rate of speed southbound on W. 49th," an officer stated.

The truck crashed into a pole on Park Drive near Fulton Parkway.

"He wrecked. He wrecked. He bailing," an officer tells dispatch.

The officers jump out of their vehicle and start to chase three men who ran into a wooded area.

"They're all scattering- three males all over the place," an officer said. "He just jumped the fence... now he's running into the zoo."

Two of the three men ended up jumping the fence onto zoo property, while the third was found moments later as police were returning to where the truck crashed.

Several officers are heard yelling commands to that man including “show me your hands” and “don’t move.”

Police haven’t said if the other two suspects we caught.

A search of court records shows no charges against the man officers arrested that day.

Court records also don’t show any charges against the woman accused in the assault.

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