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Maple Heights officers shoot driver who crashed into building, led officers on foot pursuit, police say

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Posted at 6:23 AM, Oct 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-28 19:23:49-04

MAPLE HEIGHTS, Ohio — The Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating after Maple Heights police officers shot a driver allegedly involved in a shooting on Raymond Street after he led police on a car chase and foot pursuit while carrying an AR-15 pistol Wednesday morning, according to a news release from Maple Heights police.

It all started when Maple Heights police responded to a call of shots fired into a home in the 19400 block of Raymond Street—the same house where officers took a call the night before about a shooting. "It sounded like people were dropping bombs," said Mickey Benefield.

Near the home, the alleged shooter drove back to the scene, Maple Heights police stated. "Police pull up, lights come on and you hear someone take off," explained Benefield.

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Scene of crash on Northfield Road in Bedford Heights.

A car pursuit was initiated down Raymond Street to Northfield Road where the driver crashed into a building at 5065 Northfield Road in Bedford Heights, police said.

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Ohio BCI responds to crash on Northfield and Raymond roads.

It was at this time the driver exited the vehicle with an AR-15 pistol and fled the scene, the release states. At some point during the foot pursuit, shots were fired along Northfield Road around I-480. Police did not specify if officers fired the shots first nor did they specify if the alleged shooter fired any shots at police.

The driver discarded the weapon around Aurora Road and was taken into custody, officials said. Police said the driver was hit by gunfire from officers.

According to the update from Maple Heights police, officers at the scene immediately administered medical aid to the driver by placing a tourniquet on his leg to stop the bleeding until EMS arrived.

A female passenger was in the car at the time of the pursuit. She was treated for injuries sustained in the crash.

Police said no officers were injured. The driver and the passenger were transported to a nearby hospital for treatment.

BCI's Special Investigations and Crime Scene units responded to investigate the shootings.

Crime scene tape previously had the ramp from I-480 eastbound to Northfield Road closed to traffic. Northfield Road was closed between Miles and Libby roads.

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Ohio BCI responds to crash on Northfield and Raymond roads.