Armed suspect shot by officer after refusing police commands near busy Woodmere mall, officials say

Published: Oct. 7, 2021 at 2:17 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 7, 2021 at 8:27 PM EDT
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WOODMERE, Ohio (WOIO) - A suspect was shot by Woodmere police on Thursday afternoon near the popular Eton shopping center, officials said.

According to Woodmere Police Chief Sheila Mason, officers responded to the shopping center after receiving reports of a man with a weapon before 2 p.m. on Thursday.

The armed suspect refused to follow commands from police, Chief Mason said, leading to a “scuffle” with the individual and responding officer.

A brief foot pursuit followed the altercation from the shopping mall towards a nearby CVS.

The suspect was then shot by police, according to Chief Mason.

Officials said the suspect was transported to an area hospital, but the severity of injuries is not known at this time.

Village of Woodmere Mayor Ben Holbert III, who also responded to the scene, said all officers who were involved with the incident are OK. There were also no injuries reported to any civilians or mall customers.

Brainard Road between Chagrin Boulevard and Harvard Road was closed over the course of the investigation.

Attention Commuters!! Brainard Rd between Chagrin Blvd and Harvard is closed for an undetermined amount of time! Please find another route!

Posted by Chagrin Valley Dispatch on Thursday, October 7, 2021

Officers from several local police departments, including South Russell and Orange Village, as well as state investigators were requested for assistance.

Police officials also said drones were being used to preserve evidence at the crime scene and to better map out the area where the incident occurred.

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