One year after a high-speed Cleveland police chase, questions remain about how the chase ended with a shootout that left two unarmed people dead.
CLEVELAND - All but one of the 13 Cleveland police officers involved in the Nov. 29 deadly chase and shooting have returned to full duty, according to Cleveland police.
The officers were put on restricted duty after the Nov. 29 incident.
Timothy Russell, 43, and Malissa Williams, 30, were killed when officers opened fired on their car. There were 137 shots fired.
Russell had led police on a 22-minute high-speed chase that started near in downtown Cleveland near the Cuyahoga County Justice Center.
Several officers reported seeing a gun during the chase. No weapon was ever found.
NewsChannel5 investigators asked why the officers were returned to full duty. Cleveland Police Sgt. Sammy Morris could not give a specific reason why the officers were allowed to return to full duty, but noted that no criminal charges have been filed.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutors's Office is still investigating to determine whether the officers should face criminal charges.
Below are the assignments for the 13 officers:
Effective Monday, May 6, 2013, the below patrol officer was detailed to Transitional Duty in the Gang Impact Unit: #350 Wilfredo Diaz
Effective Monday, May 24, 2013, the below patrol officer was detailed to Transitional Duty in the Bureau Communication and Property Control: #1580 Randy Patrick
Effective Monday, May 24, 2013, the below patrol officer was detailed to Transitional Duty in the Police Academy: #2526 Paul Box
Effective Monday, June 3, 2013, the below patrol officers returned to the full duty at the Second District:
- #1969 William Salupo
- #409 Michael Farley
- #1395 Scott Sistek
- #1021 Brian Sabolik
- #416 Michael Brelo
Effective Monday, June 3, 2013, the below patrol officers returned to the full duty at the Third District:
- #1027 Erin O'Donnell
- #1621 Michael Demchak
- #767 Christopher Ereg
Effective Monday, June 10, 2013, the below patrol officer returned to the full duty at the Second District: #1277 Cynthia Moore
Detective #2182 Michael Rinkus remains on restricted duty.
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