CLEVELAND - Four men are in custody after police stopped a multi-kilo cocaine shipment near the Cleveland-Euclid border Friday afternoon.
The first suspect was shot on Naumann Avenue in Euclid. Police said the suspect was grazed on the leg by a bullet from one of the other suspect's weapons. His involvement is under investigation.
"Officers were engaged in gunfire with the suspects," Cleveland police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris said. "A vehicle pursuit ensued and as a result of the pursuit, the officers were able to catch all four suspects."
The chase, which was in cars and on foot, ended on Lakeshore Boulevard in Cleveland. A second suspect, 24-year-old Chase Downey of Lexington, Kentucky, was shot in the abdomen during a confrontation with police.
The Cleveland Police Narcotics Unit, Euclid police and the Ohio Highway Patrol were all involved in the drug bust.
Morris didn't provide any details about where the cocaine was headed. He said police recovered at least two kilos of cocaine, money and weapons.
Some law enforcement agencies have previously put the street value of one kilo of cocaine as high as $100,000.
Colin McCormack was out walking his dog at about the same time that the police chase arrived on Lakeshore Boulevard and he heard the gunshots.
"It's pretty scary, but I feel safe in this neighborhood," he said. "This is definitely out of the ordinary."
The Cleveland Division of Police would like to thank the residents for their help and assistance during the apprehension of these violent males.
The other suspects arrested are 19-year-old Francisco J. Rodriguez of Midway, Kentucky, 28-year-old John W. Campbell of Lexington, Kentucky, and a juvenile Hispanic male, possibly 16 or 17 years old according to police.
On Sunday, Cleveland police announced the three adult suspects in police custody were charged with felonious assault and are scheduled to appear in Cleveland Municipal Court on Monday at 8:30 a.m. The juvenile suspect has not been charged.
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