Off-duty Cleveland police officer attacked, gun stolen while working security at Taco Bell

Off-duty CPD officer attacked, gun stolen
Off-duty CPD officer attacked, gun stolen
Off-duty CPD officer attacked, gun stolen
Posted at 6:11 AM, Oct 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-27 13:33:35-04

A Cleveland police officer is in the hospital after being attacked Thursday night while working an off-duty security job.

Authorities say her service weapon was stolen during the attack. 

It happened around 10 p.m. at the Taco Bell on Lee Road and Westview Avenue when the officer was walking a customer to their car.

Cleveland police said in a release that the officer was in full uniform when she was attacked and her service weapon was stolen.

The officer is at MetroHealth Medical Center being treated for facial injuries.

In a press conference, Chief Calvin Williams encouraged the two suspects to turn themselves into police.

"There is no department of justice, no prosecutor, no anybody that will stop us from bringing them in," Williams said.

The suspects were described as two teens between 17 and 18 years old. One of the teens was wearing light grey sweatpants, black boots, a grey hoodie and was using a scarf as a mask, according to police. The second teen suspect was wearing all dark clothing. 

Both suspects ran west into the neighborhoods behind the Taco Bell.

Police officers and a police K9 searched the area for about two hours but were unable to find either of the suspects.