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East Cleveland police officer shoots and kills man during domestic incident

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Posted at 12:48 PM, Feb 10, 2021

EAST CLEVELAND, Ohio — An East Cleveland police officer shot and killed a man involved in a domestic situation on Wednesday morning.

Shortly after 10 a.m., an officer responded to Bryn Mawr, located off Hayden Avenue, for a domestic incident.

A woman told dispatch that her ex-boyfriend was there and causing a disturbance.

When officers arrived, they say the woman was in a vehicle as her ex-boyfriend attempted to enter her car. She was yelling to the officer that her ex-boyfriend had a gun, police said. A struggle ensued between the officer and the woman’s ex-boyfriend.

The man had a “security vest," police said in a news release.

"The butt of the gun apparently was inside the vest," Chief Scott Gardner said. "The officer observed it and attempted to gain control of the firearm. Was unable to do so, and they pushed off each other. The male grabbed for the firearm and the officer discharged his weapon."

The man, later identified by the medical examiner's office as Cortez Lee Bogan, 27, was transported to University Hospitals for treatment, where he died.

The woman is being interviewed by detectives. She told police he had pulled a firearm out on her several times prior. She also witnessed her ex-boyfriend pull the firearm on the officer, police said in a release.

A firearm was found at the scene.

The department said it has contacted the Officer-Involved Shooting Team from the Attorney General's Office.

This is the second deadly shooting involving an East Cleveland police officer this year and the second shooting in the area this week.

"It's been a pretty rough couple of months for the department," Chief Gardner added.

Walter Melton runs the community group, "Save Our Sons," and came out when he got the call about the shooting.

"It hurts that instead of pulling together, we’re fighting against each other," he said. "It’s time we all try to stand up together and change these neighborhoods back into communities man."


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