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 - Cleveland police on Monday released the audio recordings of radio traffic from the night in which officers were involved in a double fatal shooting following a chase.
Late Thursday night, officer shot and killed a man and a woman in East Cleveland following a long chase that started over a report of shots fired near police headquarters in downtown Cleveland.
NewsChannel5 organized the 44 clips by district and placed them in chronological order below. Each district uses its own radio channel, so there is no cross-communication between districts other than through the dispatcher listening and relaying what's happening.
Click on the play buttons below to hear each clip (mobile users: please visit our full site to listen to audio).
Audio: District 1
|Description: Inform units about pursuit, meet up with 2nd district units|
|Description: Supervisor calls off 1st district units from pursuit|
|Description: Description given of incident that started chase, says someone in suspect vehicle fired shots at 2nd district cars|
|Description: Someone says there's a report of officer down, dispatcher says she had not heard that|
Audio: District 2 (started chase)
|Description: Start of chase near police headquarters downtown, all of the way to Wade Park|
|Description: Chase continues on Wade Park, covers through end of chase in East Cleveland when an officer says a suspect is loading a weapon and then shots are fired|
|Description: Starts immediately after shots are fired, units indicate that shots have been fired|
|Description: Unit says the dispatcher needs to make notifications, calls for EMS to respond|
|Description: Location information relayed|
|Description: Unit says everyone is in custody|
Audio: District 3
|Description: Dispatcher says 2nd district officer is following someone who shot off a round; 3rd district supervisor calls off the pursuit|
|Description: Update given on pursuit, now located in the 1st district|
|Description: Pursuit now heading back toward the 3rd district, supervisor says 3rd district will not be involved|
|Description: Location update: Now on Scranton in Tremont area|
|Description: Location update: Approaching Quigley; dispatcher says male pointing gun out of the back window of the suspect vehicle. Chase heading toward Steelyard|
|Description: Units started following, but supervisor tells them to back off and let the 2nd district handle it|
|Description: Location update: I-90 east at Chester|
|Description: Location update: Dead Man's Curve, report that suspect vehicle lost at least one tire|
|Description: Location update: I-90 eastbound past East 55th|
|Description: Pursuit headed back toward 3rd district, at East 69th and St. Clair toward Wade Park|
|Description: Zone car hit, asks if anyone was hurt|
|Description: Location update: Still on Wade Park|
|Description: Location update: East 123rd, East Cleveland police notified|
|Description: Dispatcher relays location updates|
|Description: Location update: At water treatment plant; dispatcher relays that shots are fired and reports of crossfire|
|Description: Unit at the scene gives location of shooting|
|Description: Unit reports "it appears everyone is OK"|
|Description: No officers injured|
|Description: More precise location given|
Audio: District 5
|Description: Request for stop sticks|
|Description: Alert about chase in 2nd district; dispatcher give location and suspect vehicle plate. One car assigned and supervisor asks how many police cars involved|
|Description: Dispatcher answers question, saying at least two cars; location of pursuit: approaching East 72nd. Says gun involved|
|Description: Location update: Westbound on St. Clair|
|Description: Location update: Southbound on East 68th|
|Description: Location update: Southbound on East 71st|
|Description: Dispatcher says it's not a gun, it's a pop can in his hand|
|Description: Zone car hit, possibly a 3rd district vehicle|
|Description: 5th district cars ordered to terminate the pursuit|
|Description: Supervisor asks for pursuit termination time|
|Description: Dispatcher says termination time was 10:50|
|Description: Supervisor says no cars should be involved in pursuit|
|Description: Dispatcher relays that possible shots fired near the water treatment plant|
|Description: Better description of location given|
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