Police identify man shot, killed in Willoughby officer-involved shooting

Posted at 2:32 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-20 20:22:58-04

Police have identified the man who was shot and killed by officers in Willoughby Wednesday afternoon.

Police said Frank J. Sandor, 38, had several felony warrants out of the Lake County Sheriff's Office for dangerous drugs and escape. He also had several misdemeanor warrants out of the Rocky River Police Department. 

Willoughby police said it all started when they received a call about a man at Lowe's around 12:54 p.m. When officers arrived, he was sitting in his car.

A video posted on Facebook shows the moments police fired. Watch the video in the media player above.

Two officers approached Sandor in the Lowe's parking lot and asked for identification. According to police, he supplied incorrect information.

When asked to exit the car, authorities said Sandor threw the vehicle in reverse and struck an officer as well as a police motorcycle. The car dragged the motorcycle underneath the vehicle. 

That's when police fired shots.

"I couldn’t believe it," said Brandon Richards, who recorded the incident on his cell phone. "It was like straight out of a movie. It was wow.”

Sandor sped away but then crashed in a parking lot across the street. His car struck two vehicles in the parking lot before coming to its final stop. Police learned the car he was driving - a Pontiac Grand Prix - was reported stolen out of a Kmart parking lot in Brunswick in August. 

Sandor was taken to Lake West Medical Center where he died from his injuries. The officer who was struck by the vehicle was also transported to Lake West Medical Center and was treated and released for minor injuries. 

Police say the suspect did not fire shots. It's unclear at this time whether the man had any weapons. 

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting. The Willoughby Police Department will also conduct a separate administrative investigation. They are asking that anyone who witnessed the incident to call Ohio BCI at 330-659-4600 or the Willoughby Police Detective Bureau at 440-953-4210.