Teen shot & killed by Cleveland Police on east side identified; source says he did not have a gun

18-years-old Brandon Jones identified as suspect

CLEVELAND - A teenager shot and killed by Cleveland Police early Thursday morning has been identified.

Police said 18-year-old Brandon Jones was shot by officers at 2:15 a.m. on Parkwood Drive and Primrose Avenue.

Cleveland Police said officers were checking out a break-in at a small convenience store when the shooting happened. 

When two officers arrived, police said Jones came out of the store with a bag.

At least one officer had his gun drawn, a newsnet5.com source stated.

The two officers approached Jones and tried to arrest the man. Police say a struggle between the three ensued.

One officer shot the suspect at least one time.

Jones was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center in critical condition and later died. 

According to sources, Jones did not have a weapon, but tried to grab an officer's gun. 

No police officers were wounded in the incident.

Sources said the police involved were two seasoned veteran officers. 

Essex Hayward, the 90-year-old owner of the shop, said it has been robbed several times and even shot before.

He said Jones only got away with cigarettes and some money.

Hayward's son told newsnet5.com that his dad has owned the store for more than 40 years. 

The shop was closed when the break-in happened.

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