NewsLocal NewsCleveland Metro


17-year-old in custody following police shootout in Cleveland

Cleveland police
Posted at 9:21 AM, Dec 05, 2020

CLEVELAND — Cleveland police officers were involved in a shootout early Saturday morning.

It happened on East 71st Street when officers were recovering a vehicle taken in a robbery on Cleveland’s West Side, according to Cleveland Police Union President Jeff Follmer.

Officers were in the process of recovering the stolen vehicle and requesting a tow for it when they called for another car to respond to the scene to assist as they were low on fuel, Cleveland police said.

Police said as officers were waiting, a 17-year-old got into the car, drove onto the sidewalk and crossed the parking lot, driving over a snow bank and crashing into a police cruiser head-on.

Officers at the scene exchanged gunfire and the teen was later taken into custody.

According to Cleveland EMS, paramedics responded to the 2600 block of East 71st Street and transported a 17-year-old to University Hospitals in stable condition. Additionally, a 30-year-old and a 35-year-old were also transported to UH in stable condition.

Cleveland police said no officers were struck by gunfire and neither was the teen involved in the shooting.

Investigators found a loaded handgun in the stolen vehicle.

The matter remains under investigation.

Download the News 5 Cleveland app now for more stories from us, plus alerts on major news, the latest weather forecast, traffic information and much more. Download now on your Apple device here, and your Android device here.

You can also catch News 5 Cleveland on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube TV, DIRECTV NOW, Hulu Live and more. We're also on Amazon Alexa devices. Learn more about our streaming options here.