BEACHWOOD, Ohio — A man who allegedly struck a police officer with a stolen car at the Beachwood Place Mall Thursday afternoon has been identified by law enforcement officers.
Just after 2:30 p.m., an officer attempted to detain Jaquan Jones, 19, who was suspected of shoplifting from the mall, when he fled on foot, police said.
Jones eluded officers and was able to exit the mall. After briefly attempting to hide in nearby bushes, Jones continued fleeing on foot and entered a 2014 gray Nissan sedan, according to police.
The Nissan was previously reported stolen out of Cleveland, police said.
After failing to listen to officers' commands to exit the vehicle, Jones attempted to flee in the vehicle, according to police.
Police said that cruisers were blocking the path of Jones, so he rammed his way out of his previous parking spot by striking another parked vehicle. During that maneuver, an officer was injured after the vehicle ran over his foot, police said.
The officer who was injured fired two rounds from his weapon at Jones in the stolen vehicle, according to police.
Police said they then pursued Jones north on Richmond Road after he fled the parking lot in the stolen vehicle. Jones eventually came to a stop and abandoned the car on Azalea Drive in South Euclid, police said.
Jones successfully evaded the police in their pursuit. In their search of the area, police recovered an article of clothing, a discarded handgun and other evidence that indicated Jones broke into a nearby home and left before police arrived, authorities said.
Jones has been charged with felonious assault and is believed to be injured, according to U.S. Marshals. Anyone with information about Jones is asked to contact police immediately, and told not to approach him. U.S. Marshals included a reminder to the public, and friends and family of Jones, that providing him assistance can result in criminal charges.