Medical examiner: Cleveland chase suspects Timothy Russell, Malissa Williams had cocaine in system

AG DeWine said he will be in CLE when reports done

CLEVELAND - Attorney General Mike DeWine said he will be in Cleveland to talk about the investigation into the Cleveland Police chase and shooing. A spokesperson did not know if he would go into detail about the report. Previously DeWine has said when the report is done he would hand it over to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty.

Today the toxicology reports for the two people shot and killed by Cleveland police officers during the chase last November show they had drugs in their system.

The report, released Friday by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office, said 43-year-old Timothy Russell and 30-year-old Malissa Williams both tested positive for cocaine.

The lab report for Russell showed his blood contained cocaine and blood alcohol content of .131. A test of his urine confirmed the cocaine and also showed nicotine in his system.

For Williams, the toxicology report showed she had caffeine and cocaine in her blood. The urine test confirmed the cocaine and also tested positive for nicotine and marijuana.

An investigator with the ME's office said the presence of anhydroecgonine methyl ester in both of their systems indicates that the cocaine may have been smoked instead of snorted, as that chemical is a byproduct of cocaine being smoked.

Russell and Williams led police on a 22-minute chase on Nov. 29 that started when a second district officer said a gunshot was fired from their car as they drove past police headquarters in downtown Cleveland.

The pursuit ended in behind a middle school in East Cleveland after officers said the suspect vehicle was trying to ram a police cruiser. Thirteen officers fired 137 shots, striking Russell 23 times and Williams 24 times.

Police said no gun was found in the suspect vehicle.

The 13 officers were placed on desk duty, pending the outcome of the investigation. Ohio's Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification placed investigators on the case. Their investigation is ongoing.

Sources told NewsChannel5 that the officer who originally pulled over Russell and Williams on East 18th Street lied to investigators. Sources said he was asked on more than one occasion if he had pulled Russell's car over.

The officer told investigators "no" until they showed him the security camera video from the Cleveland Plain Dealer's downtown office, which recorded the stop. The officer then confessed.

Sources said the officer may have lied because of the high publicity surrounding the case and he didn't want to be involved.

Earlier this week, police confirmed approximately 61 officers in all were involved in the chase.

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