18-year-old shot as Cleveland police exchange gunfire with trespassers stealing scrap metal

The shooting occurred at a FirstEnergy sub center
Posted at 6:58 AM, Nov 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-18 18:32:01-05

Three teens are in custody after a shootout with Cleveland police early Friday. 

An 18-year-old was shot in the shoulder during the exchange of gunfire. 

Police responded to FirstEnergy service center at 4295 East 146th Street around 1:30 a.m. for a report of trespassers. When officers arrived, they encountered four males allegedly stealing scrap metal. As officers approached them, the suspects took off, police said.

As the teens were running, one of the suspects turned around and fired at officers. Both officers returned fire. An 18-year-old was shot in the shoulder. He was taken to University Hospitals for treatment. 

Two 17-year-old boys were arrested. One suspect got away and remains at large.

Surveillance video from FirstEnergy shows the scrap metal thieves a security guard saw before calling 911. 

It was unclear which of the men shot at police or how many shots were fired. 

A handgun was recovered from the scene and no officers were injured in the shooting. 

Police are following policy and the Use of Deadly Force Investigation Team is conducting an investigation. Both officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave, per CPD protocol.