CLEVELAND - A male suspect was shot in the chest after a confrontation with police in downtown Cleveland.
The shooting happened around 2:30 a.m. Sunday in the intersection of W. 6th Street and St. Clair Avenue when an officer confronted a 28-year-old male attempting to drive down a closed street.
During the confrontation with the driver, the officer's service weapon discharged once, striking the male in the chest.
The male was conveyed to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was treated and released. His name has not yet been released at this time.
The 5-year veteran officer of the Division of Police will be placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with departmental policy while the Cleveland Division of Police Use of Deadly Force Investigation (UDF) Team investigates.
The UDF Team will interview the officer and all witnesses to the incident, including a review of all available surveillance video.
The early Sunday shooting comes just one day after a double shooting a few blocks over killed one person. This happened near W. 3rd St. and Frankfort Ave. early Saturday.
"After-hours the past three weeks there's been a brawl here, a brawl there ..." said Bar Louie Manager, Jamar Deanes. Deanes said the Bar Louie on W. 6th St. and St. Clair Ave. closed before the early Sunday shooting occurred, but that doesn't mean it doesn't haunt them.
Deanes, worried about safety and business said, "There's that cause for concern. I mean, not just for my well being, for anyone who comes Downtown. I mean casinos started things but just as much as there could be grand openings, there could be grand closings and there goes Cleveland, back down the drain again."
Others said the shootings won't deter them from visiting Downtown at night, but they would like to see more police.
Ryne Hendrickson said, "It's a poplar area, a lot of people like to come, relax, get a drink, enjoy. I think it's important for them to make a presence down here."
Dominic Tibbs said, "We know we're a great city, but we got to cut down on incidents that we know could be avoided."
There was no announcement of any immediate arrests in the early Sunday shooting.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Cleveland Division of Police at 216.623.5464.
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