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15-year-old charged with murder in death of 13-year-old girl killed during police pursuit

Posted at 3:06 PM, Dec 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-23 15:10:42-05

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 15-year-old was charged with murder in connection to the police pursuit that ended in a crash, killing a 13-year-old bystander in East Cleveland.

On Friday, a police pursuit began on West 117th Street in Cleveland around 3:20 p.m. after a woman exiting Target was approached by a male with a gun who demanded her vehicle.

The male in the stolen car entered Interstate 90 heading east and traveled into East Cleveland. An off-duty officer who witnessed the carjacking began pursuit and was joined by a second officer. The pursuit ended in a crash that occurred in the area of Euclid Avenue and Lakefront Road in East Cleveland, according to police.

During the crash 13-year-old Tamia Chappman, who was walking in the area, was killed, police said.

A 15-year-old boy was arrested and a gun was confiscated on the scene.

The 15-year-old has been charged on three counts including murder, aggravated robbery and robbery. All three charges include firearm specifications.

The teen's next court date has yet to be scheduled.

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