Cleveland Police supervisor found not guilty in 137 shots case

Cleveland Police supervisor found not guilty in 137 shots case
Sgt. Patricia Coleman is on trial for the way she managed her officers the night 137 shots were fired at the alleged suspect car.

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A Cleveland Police sergeant was found not guilty in an East Cleveland court Friday.

She was charged with dereliction of duty in connection with a 2012 chase and shooting that ended with two suspects dead.

Police fired 137 shots into a car carrying Timothy Russel and Malissa Williams.

In 2012 officers believed they heard a shot coming from the car and pursued the couple.

Following a pursuit police fired 137 shots in the car killing both immediately.

No gun was ever found in the vehicle.

Patricia Coleman’s trial, which began on Monday, was heard in East Cleveland Municipal Court.

Coleman was one of the supervisors on duty the night of Nov. 29, 2012.

The 23-minute car chase involving Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, began in Cleveland and ended at Heritage Middle School in East Cleveland.

Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo, who fired 49 of those shots, was the only officer indicted on felony charges.

Brelo, who was fired from the force, was acquitted in a May 2015 bench trial.

Several other Cleveland police officers were also suspended or fired.

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