National Police Misconduct Reporting Project

Controversial Police Shooting in Cleveland

13 officers fire 137 rounds and kill Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams.

Police say they fired in self-defense.

From Cleveland.com:

Russell ended up on a dead-end access road to an East Cleveland middle school, where the officers from various jurisdictions converged with the 13 Cleveland officers.

They surrounded the Malibu, and some officers were out of their cars when Russell rammed another police car, Gardner said.

Police are trained to use deadly force to stop a suspect from using a vehicle as a weapon. They opened fire.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office is running gunshot-residue tests on Russell’s and Williams’ hands to determine if either fired a gun. The results should be in before week’s end.

No gun was found in Russell’s car or along the chase route. No bullet or casing was found outside the Justice Center.

Pathologists at the Medical Examiner’s Office removed 20 rounds from Russell’s body and 16 from Williams’ body. They both had additional wounds from bullets that entered and exited their bodies — Russell had 30 wounds, Williams had 20, an investigator said.

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