Shots were fired Sunday at Cleveland police officers in a foot chase of a suspect near the site of a boy’s fatal encounter with officers last year, police said.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams told reporters Sunday afternoon that officers responded that morning to a report of six men waving guns and a man at the scene fled police when they tried to question him. The chief said the man pointed a gun at police and an officer fired four rounds without hitting the man, who continued running.
A number of unidentified people then began firing at officers from behind as police continued chasing the man, who was apprehended a few blocks away, Williams said.
No one was shot, but the man who fled was treated at a hospital for what appeared to be a small puncture wound to his stomach, Williams said.
“We believe that wound occurred while the suspect was jumping fences,” Williams said.
The chase occurred not far from where 12-year-old Tamir Rice was fatally shot in November by an officer. That racially charged case sparked outrage around the country. The boy was black; the officer is white. A grand jury is to decide whether charges should be brought against the officer.