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Men in car during police shooting released

Published: Mar. 10, 2012 at 12:53 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 12, 2012 at 9:33 PM EDT
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Cleveland Police say Devonta Hill and Kayron B. Purdie were released pending further investigation after the Prosecutor's office reviewed the information from Saturday morning's officer involved shooting.

Both Hill and Purdie were taken into custody after the shooting occurred.

Police identified Patrol Officer Roger Jones, 38, as the officer involved in the shooting.  Jones, a 3rd District officer, has been with CPD since October of 2007.

Officer Jones had just gotten off-duty shortly before 3 a.m. when he observed a fight in the parking lot outside Wilbert's Bar on Bolivar.

During the fight, he observed a male in a gold Saturn shooting a gun.

After firing the shots, the suspect fled from the lot with two other males northbound on E. 9th.  Jones called police radio and followed the car on foot. Officers arrived and stopped the car at E. 9th and Prospect.

The males were ordered to exit the vehicle, two complied and were placed under arrest. The third suspect in the front passenger seat ignored their commands.

At this time, police say Officer Jones observed a handgun inside the vehicle by the male, so he broke out the window and ordered the male several times to put his hands up. The male, Kenneth Smith, 20, of Euclid once again ignored commands and reached for the handgun. At that point, Officer Jones fired his weapon fatally shooting Smith in the head.

Smith was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Jones received minor injuries to his leg while kicking out the vehicle's window. He has been placed on administrative leave per standard procedure.

During the initial gunfire by the suspect, at least one of the shots hit a parking lot attendant booth and another went through a window of a local business. No one was injured by the suspect's shots.

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