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2 rangers in deadly shooting identified

Posted at 5:27 PM, Dec 15, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-15 17:27:33-05

Two Metroparks rangers involved in a deadly shooting earlier this month have been identified.

Chelsea McLellan, 27, and Kyle Schultz, 24, were transporting Derek Stokes, 38, of Parma, to the Cleveland Justice Center when the inmate took out a gun and fired shots at the officers.

The two officers returned fire and the Stokes was shot once.

Stokes died from his injuries.

Schultz had been with the department for 17 months and McLellan had been with the department for just over three years.

All three were taken to MetroHealth Medical Center. Cleveland EMS said that the second officer was struck by shattered glass.

The two officers were transported in stable condition and did not sustain life-threatening injuries. Stokes was transported in full arrest, authorities said. 

Authorities said on Wednesday that the rangers injured in the incident had been treated and released from the hospital. They have been placed on routine administrative leave. 

Police also said that he had been arrested on a felony drug warrant at the East 55th Street marina about an hour before the shooting, and has a history of violence, escape and assault on police officer.

The Cleveland Justice Center was placed on lockdown after the shooting.

Authorities would not comment on how Stokes got the gun used in the incident. However, officials said he was handcuffed and patted down before being transported.