Cleveland police officer fatally shot while in his vehicle, suspect not apprehended
Cleveland police officer fatally shot while in his vehicle, suspect not apprehended

Adam Ferrise
The Plain Dealer, Cleveland

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland police officer died after a shooting and crash Thursday night on the city’s West Side, three sources confirmed.

The shooting happened about 10:30 p.m. on West 65th Street near Stock Avenue. Cleveland police released limited information in the ongoing investigation.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association president Jeff Follmer also confirmed the officer died. He said a second person, who was not a police officer, but was in the officer’s car, suffered injuries in the shooting.

The officer’s car crashed after the shooting, Follmer said. Follmer declined to identify the officer because the officer’s family had not yet been notified.

“He was a great person and a great officer,” Follmer said.

An ambulance took the officer to MetroHealth where he died.

Dozens of police officers swarmed an area near Constellation Schools’ Stockyard Elementary School and the nearby Shaker Valley Foods grocery store. Cleveland police homicide detectives are investigating and FBI agents also showed up to the scene.

It’s the second time someone shot a Cleveland police officer in less than two months. A man shot 26-year-old officer Jennifer Kilnapp as she responded to an incident where a man threatened a woman and fired a shot through the floor. The man shot Kilnapp in the arm and back. She survived.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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