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Grand jury indicts man accused of shooting Willowick police officer

Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 11:08 AM EDT
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LAKE COUNTY, Ohio (WOIO) - The 59-year-old man accused of shooting a Willowick police officer last October, was indicted by the Lake County Grand Jury.

Willowick Police Chief Brian Turner said Sam Stevens Jr. was shot by Officers Ben Bruno and Mark Guerrieri after Stevens shot Bruno in the chest following a police chase.

Accused of shooting a Willowick police officer in October 2020.
Accused of shooting a Willowick police officer in October 2020.((Source: Willowick police))

Bruno was saved by his bullet-proof vest.

According to Turner, around 5:30 p.m. on Oct. 2, 2020 police received a call regarding an erratic driver at Vine Street and Willowick Drive.

The driver’s vehicle was located and followed by both Willowick and Eastlake officers, said Turner.

Stevens allegedly refused to stop and crashed into a vehicle at the intersection of Bayridge Blvd. and Willowick Drive.

On Daniel Drive, Stevens stopped his car and refused to follow the officer’s commands, said Turner.

He then reached down, grabbed a handgun and began firing at Bruno and Guerrieri, who returned fire.

Stevens spent several months recovering and was released from a rehab facility on March 3, 2021 and transferred to the Lake County Jail.

A next court date has not yet been scheduled.

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