BEACHWOOD, Ohio (WOIO) - Despite the neighborhood’s reputation for low crime and affluence, shots once again rang out at the Beachwood Place shopping mall on Thursday.
It was the fifth time in the last two years.
The incident took place around 2:30 p.m. in the parking lot outside Saks Fifth Avenue, the high-end department store where a black male suspect exited after attracting attention as a possible shoplifter.
That suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Jaquan Jones.
Jones was caught on surveillance video inside the mall, which is the footage Beachwood police released to help identify him.
According to Haba, what started as a routine shoplifting case quickly escalated as Jones went to dangerous lengths to evade pursuing officers.
Jones initially tried to hide in bushes outside the mall before sprinting to a gray 2014 Nissan sedan, which had been previously reported stolen out of Cleveland, but was spotted by police.
The suspect reportedly ignored commands to exit the vehicle. That’s when Jones, unable to make a clean getaway due to a police cruiser blocking his route, pulled forward and “rammed his way out” of a parking space.
During the subsequent pursuit, an officer sustained “an injury to his foot consistent with having his foot run over by the suspect vehicle.” The injured officer fired two rounds from his duty weapon at Jones as he fled.
The officer was treated and released from a hospital and placed on administrative leave per policy.
Jones left the parking lot and was pursued by other officers north on Richmond Road, where he eventually came to a stop and abandoned the vehicle on Azalea Drive in South Euclid.
Despite agencies in multiple jurisdictions assisting with the established perimeter and K-9 searches, Jones successfully evaded police and has not been seen since.
According to police, a discarded handgun, an article of clothing and other evidence was recovered during a subsequent search of the area.
The U.S. Marshals Service believes Jones was injured by gunfire in the pursuit.
Evidence reportedly suggests Jones forced his way into a nearby home for immediate cover and was able to slip away before officers arrived.
Jaquan Jones is wanted for felonious assault on a peace officer, with other charges likely to come pending the outcome of the investigation.
Anyone with information about Jones is asked to contact the Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force at 1-866-4WANTED (1-866-492-6833).
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