18-year-old identified after he was shot, killed by East Cleveland police (video)

Officers fatally shoot driver in East Cleveland after chase with stolen car, police say

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Vincent Belmonte, 18, of Cleveland, was shot and killed by East Cleveland police officers after a chase with a stolen car Tuesday morning.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner identified Belmonte as the person who was killed.

Officers fatally shoot driver in East Cleveland after chase with stolen car, police say (video)

According to East Cleveland police, the incident began around 10:30 a.m. Tuesday when officers started to go after a stolen vehicle.

Belmonte, another man and a woman were inside the car, police said.

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During the chase, officers said Belmonte, the driver, struck several fixed objects and the vehicle began to catch fire.

Fatal officer involved shooting on Jan. 5, 2021.
Fatal officer involved shooting on Jan. 5, 2021. (Source: WOIO)

The three occupants then bailed from the car on Allandale Road, officials said.

Th two passengers ran toward Euclid Avenue, while Belmonte fled behind houses and over a fence to the Apex Academy, according to police.

Officer involved shooting on Jan. 5, 2021.
Officer involved shooting on Jan. 5, 2021. (Source: WOIO)

According to police, Belmonte was armed with a gun and officers fired an unknown amount of shots toward him.

Officer involved shooting in East Cleveland after police chase.
Officer involved shooting in East Cleveland after police chase. (Source: WOIO)

Belmonte was struck an unknown amount of times.

Man shot after leading East Cleveland police on a chase.
Man shot after leading East Cleveland police on a chase. (Source: WOIO)

EMS transported him to University Hospitals, where he was pronounced dead.

Ohio Attorney General’s Officer Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation will be taking the lead of this investigation.

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