Middlefield Police Chief says traffic stops becoming more dangerous and deadly

MIDDLEFIELD, Ohio - Middlefield Police Chief Arnold Stanko expressed concern Monday for the escalating number of traffic stops turned dangerous and even deadly.

"It's got to stop. We got to take these weapons off the streets, out of the hands," Stanko said.

One man was killed and a police officer was injured following a traffic stop in Solon Sunday night. Last week, two of Sanko's officers were injured when they pulled over a man in Middlefield who fired a semi-automatic gun at officers. Police returned fire, killing the suspect.

"AK-47, which was used on my officer, that's a terrorist attack on my officers," said Stanko who expressed his condolences to the people and families involved in the Solon shooting.

One of Stanko's officers was shot in the hand. The other officer was hit in the leg. Neither has returned to work yet.

The Solon officers have both been placed on administrative leave while the Bureau of Criminal Investigation investigates the shooting.

Solon police said the suspect, who the Cuyahoga County Medical Exminer has identified as Kevin Bailey, 22, of Sylvania Township, was pronounced dead on scene. The incident happened at Bainbridge Road and Sharondale Drive.

"Sad, very sad tragedy," said Denise Duval, who lives nearby. Duval said she didn't see anything and only heard noises coming from cars. "To be close to something like that is very unusual."

"It's a nice, quiet, calm, beautiful city. You don't hear of shootouts, especially in this area, it's surprising," said Phanitta Ballard, who also lives nearby.

Bailey was due in court in Toledo next week for multiple charges including drug abuse, driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, and a hit and run. He was also arrested for having a loaded gun in a car late last year.

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