East Cleveland Police officers shoot and kill man who refused to drop gun pointed at woman’s head

Updated: Nov. 5, 2019 at 6:46 PM EST
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EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The East Cleveland Police Department said its officers fatally shot an armed man on Tuesday afternoon after he failed to obey officers’ commands to drop the gun he had pointed at his victim’s head.

Police said officers responded to 13855 Superior Ave. for a report of a rape in progress around 3:40 p.m. on Tuesday.

According to police, officers on scene were confronted by a man with a gun.

The man approached the woman with his gun pointed at her head, according to police.

Police said officers commanded the man to drop the gun several times before officers fired and struck him.

In a video posted publicly on Facebook, police are heard screaming at the man holding a gun.

They were telling him to drop it. But, instead he turned to the terrified woman he’s holding on the ground and hits her with it.

That’s when East Cleveland Police officers opened fire.

But, the video shows the suspect continuing to go after the woman even after he’s apparently hit by several shots.

The woman crawled away. It took 14 seconds from when the first shot was fired before the suspect hit the ground.

The man and woman were taken to University Hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

Police said the woman is still being treated for wounds she sustained from the man.

The identity of the man has not yet been released.

The Ohio Attorney General’s Office Bureau of Criminal Investigation was contacted regarding the officer-involved shooting, according to the police report.

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