Cleveland police body camera video clears up confusion over how suspect died after short pursuit
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - New video released to 19 Investigates appears to clear up questions about the death of a suspect after a brief police pursuit.
There was a lot of confusion after the incident that happened on Wednesday of last week.
Who fired a gun at the scene of this crash following the pursuit? Did the suspect shoot at officers? Did police shoot at him?
The new video from multiple angles appears to answer those questions.
Police say the suspect, 28-year-old Richard Gaines, refused to come out of the car he crashed on East 111th Street after fleeing from officers at the Little Eagle Food Market on East 93rd.
Despite the fact that police say Gaines hit at least one officer in the parking lot with the SUV, other officers tell him they want him to get out of the vehicle safely.
“We don’t care,” one officer said. “Just come on out.”
Suddenly, they realized Gaines had a gun.
Then, a shot was fired.
In both body camera clips released to 19 Investigates, you only hear a single shot fired.
Last week, there was confusion over who fired it.
An officer says on scene, “[Gaines] shot. No one else returned fire. He shot.”
When officers finally approached the vehicle after the shot, they retrieved the weapon and you can see them pull Gaines from the vehicle.
“He’s bleeding really bad in the back of the head, guys,” one officer said.
And that’s when the outcome of this situation becomes clear.
“Does he have a pulse?,” one officer asked.
Another replies, “No.”
We now know the medical examiner has ruled Gaines’ death a suicide.
Police say Gaines died at the scene.
According to CPD, no officers used force or fired their weapons that night, and therefore no officers have been placed on any sort of administrative leave.
According to a court records search, Gaines had no previous charges in Cuyahoga County.
The police report from that night, however, says officers from the Gang Impact Unit initially approached Gaines’ car as a part of an investigation.
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