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Witnesses say CMHA officer shot teen, who later died, according to police

CMHA shooting
Posted at 6:51 PM, Nov 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 16:37:24-05

CLEVELAND — An 19-year-old was apparently shot and killed by a Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority police officer at a housing development on Cleveland’s East Side.

CMHA police said that one of their officers was involved in a shooting and an 19-year-old was shot.

News 5 reporter Jade Jarvis saw a large group of residents talking to CMHA police outside a residence in the 6200 block of Haltnorth Walk. Multiple witnesses at the scene said that an officer shot the teen.

Cleveland EMS confirmed that the teen was taken from that location to a nearby hospital in critical condition. The CMHA police chief confirmed the teen later died.

The CMHA police chief said that the Cleveland Police Department is now in charge of the investigation.

According to Cleveland police, preliminary information indicates that a CMHA officer spotted a vehicle that was believed to be connected to a shooting that occurred on Thursday. The CMHA officer ordered the 19-year-old out of the vehicle and he pointed a gun at the officer. Police said they believe the officer then fired shots, striking the teen, who fled but collapsed a short time later.

Cleveland police said the officers secured a firearm from the teen before administering first aid.

Members of the Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance showed up to support the community.

“We heard about this tragic event, and just trying to see how the community's feeling right now," said Antonio McMullen, Outreach Coordinator at Cleveland Peacemakers Alliance.

The incident remains under investigation, police said.

Editor's note: Cleveland police incorrectly reported the teen's age to News 5 in a prior version of this story. The story has been updated with the correct information.