State investigation into Cleveland police chase revealed

12:03 AM, Feb 5, 2013   |    comments
Photo from the night of the police-involved shooting in which two people were killed.
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CLEVELAND -- The results of a state investigation into the police chase that ended with two people killed will be revealed Tuesday morning.

Attorney General Mike DeWine will join Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty at the Bureau of Criminal investigation in Richfield Tuesday morning at 10 a.m.

For the last two months,  the state, with help from the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department and East Cleveland police, have investigated whether the officers were justified in using deadly force.

Driver Timothy Russell and passenger Malissa Williams led 51 Cleveland police cars on a 24-minute pursuit. It ended in East Cleveland with 13 officers firing 137 rounds into the suspects' vehicle.

Each was shot more than 20 times in the head and chest. Police say a shot fired from Russell's car started the chase.

Investigators never found a gun and have yet to reveal whether either suspect fired a shot.

Williams' aunt Dorothy Sigelmier won't be satisfied with anything less than a murder charge against the officers involved.

"They get fired, they go to jail for what they did, that's what I want. They get fired, they go to jail for what they did like any other citzen out here," Sigelmier said.

The Attorney General's findings will not include a recommendation. It will be up to McGinty to determine whether criminal charges will be pursued.


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