Member of US Marshals Service involved in shooting while serving warrant on Cleveland's east side

Posted at 10:10 AM, Aug 11, 2017
and last updated 2017-08-11 18:05:05-04

A member of the U.S. Marshals Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force was involved in a shooting on Cleveland's east side Friday. 

According to Cleveland Police Deputy Chief Ed Tomba, the shooting happened while the task force was serving an aggravated murder warrant on a man wanted in connection to a 2016 homicide. 

McKale Hill, 22, was wanted in the murder of 20-year-old Dominic Rutherford.

Hill is accused of shooting and killing Rutherford on Nov. 16, 2016 outside the Convenient Food Mart at 9105 Denison.

Witnesses said Rutherford was seen standing in the lot having an interaction with people in an SUV and then running away. A short time later, Rutherford and the vehicle returned to the lot.

According to court documents, Hill got out of the SUV, chased down Rutherford and shot him, before taking off. 

A warrant was issued for Hill's arrest one week after the shooting.

The task force was conducting surveillance on Hill Friday when he attempted to leave. Officers converged and they tried to stop the vehicle.

That's when one member of the task force — a Euclid police officer — fired four shots at the suspect, hitting Hill in the head.

"He tried to run one of our guys over," said United States Marshal Pete Elliott. He says Hill tried to use his blue Ford as a weapon.

The vehicle he was driving continued down the road and hit a home on East 160th Street. 

The suspect was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where he is being treated for a gunshot wound to the head. He is listed as stable.  

As for the officer who pulled the trigger, there are procedures to follow.

"Protocol is we take the officer's weapon, he goes to the hospital and gets checked out, and in a day or two we will obtain statements from him," Cleveland Police Deputy Chief said.

Elliot says no officers were hurt in the altercation.

"This is very dangerous work my guys do every single day."

Investigators are now processing Hill's car, but say they aren't sure if he had a weapon on him.

"It's a sad thing when anyone gets hurt in any situation, but it's a very sad day when law enforcement gets hurt and thankfully no officer was hurt today," Elliott said.