The fatal shooting of a suspect Tuesday morning by Cleveland police has led to an officer being placed on administrative leave. As ideastream’s Amy Hansen reports, it’s the first such incident since a deadly high speed car chase in 2012.
UPDATE: Since this story aired, county officials have identified the fatally shot suspect as 35-year-old Kendrick Brown. The officer has been identified as 55-year-old Sgt. Brian Miller, who has been with the police department since 1981.
The officer in question is a police sergeant, who was the first to arrive at the scene of a confrontation between two men. Reports said one man was shooting at the other near the 3400 block of East 140th Street.
The Cleveland Police Department says upon arrival, the sergeant came across a suspect who pointed his gun at the officer and refused to drop it.
Still sitting in his car, the sergeant shot the suspect three times. The man was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. The police sergeant was unharmed.
A 22-caliber handgun was found on the suspect. Neither the man nor the officer’s name has been released.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports various leaders--including the police chief and the city’s director of community relations-- lingered around the scene to talk with community members.
The case will remain under investigation by the police department, the county medical examiner’s office, and the city prosecutor’s office.