Man fatally shot by Cleveland police downtown Sunday identified

Published: Dec. 13, 2021 at 8:54 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 13, 2021 at 7:30 PM EST
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CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner said the man fatally shot by two Cleveland police officers Sunday afternoon at East 12th Street and Superior Avenue is Patrick Horton, 39, of Cleveland.

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said 911 dispatchers received calls from two off-duty officers and citizens around 3:30 p.m. for a man who was walking down Superior waving a gun around.

That man, Horton, walked to 12th and Superior, where he was ordered by two on-duty Cleveland officers to drop his weapon.

Andre King was at the Dollar General on East 12th when shots rang out, “I heard the shots when I was coming out of the dollar store. There were about 12 or 13 shots. I ran back in the store -- cause I didn’t know where the bullets was coming from. But I came out to see the man down on the ground; I was like, oh my God.”

Jeff Follmer, the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association, said the officers approached the suspect and told him to put the gun down, which he complied with, but he then picked the gun back up and started shooting at officers. The officers returned fire, striking the man.

“It’s hard for police officers. No officer wants to use deadly force. These officers are shaken up, and you know it’s a rough day for them,” said Follmer.

It’s unclear how many shots were actually fired by the suspect and by police.

Chief Williams pointed out, “This male we actually tracked a little bit east on Superior, probably back to East 30th Street. With some work from the Real-Time Camera Center, we could see he actually had the weapon, had it out. We don’t know if he actually fired it that far back, but we do know he actually had that weapon, had it out, and was pointing it at vehicles that were passing by. Pointing up in the air and different things while he walked westbound on Superior Avenue.”

Monday afternoon, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District released surveillance video that caught their windows being blown out due to the gunfire.

This is the second time shots were fired downtown on a Brown’s game day.

On October 31st, shots were fired after a fight in a bar on East 9th Street, just a few hours after the Browns game vs. the Steelers ended.

Malik Harrison, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens, was hit by gunfire and was treated at Metro and released.

Sunday’s shooting happened as the Browns and Ravens were still on the field just about a half-hour before the game ended.

No Cleveland police officers or civilians were injured.

The shooting investigation will be handled by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s office.

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