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Cleveland police fatally shoot 39-year-old man walking down Superior Avenue with gun in hand

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Posted at 5:08 PM, Dec 12, 2021

CLEVELAND — A 39-year-old man has died after being shot by Cleveland police, Police Chief Calvin Williams said.

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You can watch William's briefing in the player below:

The shooting happened Sunday around 3:15 p.m. near East 12th Street and Superior Avenue, right as thousands of fans were still inside FirstEnergy Stadium for the second half of the Browns-Ravens football game.

"I think we're extremely lucky this was not at the conclusion of the Browns game when it would have been a few thousand people on the street," Williams said.

According to Williams, the man was seen walking down Superior Avenue from East 30th Street to East 12th Street with a gun in his hand. Cameras in the area showed the man pointing the gun at vehicles driving by.

"I don’t know the suspect at all in this incident," Williams said. "We’ll hopefully find out later the frame of mind of this person and why this person would do what they did."

Williams said they received multiple calls from residents about the situation.

When police confronted the man and asked him to put the weapon down, he started firing, according to Williams.

"As they approached that corner, the man had the gun in his hand, he put the gun down," Jeff Follmer, Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President, said. "They thought this was going to be over peacefully, he went back for the gun and started shooting at police officers."

The 39-year-old man was transported to Metro Hospital, where he later died. He was identified Monday morning by the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office as Patrick Horton, from Cleveland.

Two officers were involved in the shooting but were not injured.

Williams said a couple of buildings were damaged during the shooting and is asking anyone that works inside those buildings to report any damage to police.

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Among those buildings damaged was part of the first floor welcome center of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District building. A spokesperson for the district said no one was inside during the shooting, and those who normally work in that area will work remotely Monday while crews repair the windows.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office and Bureau of Criminal Investigations will take over the investigation.

Editor's note: The man shot and killed by officers was initially described by police as 25 years old. The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office later confirmed the man was actually 39 years old.