Police release name of officer involved in Saturday's shooting

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CLEVELAND -- Police have now released the name of the officer who was involved in Saturday's officer-involved shooting.

Police say police officer Roger Jones shot and killed a suspect near E. 9th Street and Bolivar Road just before 3 a.m Saturday morning. 

An off-duty police officer saw a fight in the parking lot of Wilbert's Bar on Bolivar Avenue. While watching the fight, the officer saw a man in a gold Saturn firing off a handgun before taking off on E. 9th Street.

Police were able to stop the car on E. 9th Street and Prospect Avenue.  

Police found three men in the car.  Devonta Hill and Kayron B. Purdie got out of the car, but Kenneth Smith decided to stay in the car.

Authorities say the off-duty officer saw Smith with a handgun and kicked out the passenger window. He told the Smith to put his hands up several times. 

Smith did not listen to police and reached for the handgun.  That's when Jones shot Smith in the head.

Smith was pronounced dead at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Jones had minor injuries to his leg from breaking out the car window and has since been placed on administrative leave.

Before this shooting, police dealt with four other shootings.

The first one happened at 1:15 a.m.  Saturday. Police say two men were shot on E. 71st Street at Big Daddy's Bar. 

Reports show that Brandon Pittman and Anthony Byrd got into a fight in the bar and had been removed. The fight continued outside of the bar.

That's when an unknown man pulled out a handgun and shot Pittman in the calf and Byrd in the foot. Both victims were taken to and treated at MetroHealth Medical Center.

The second shooting happened at E. 185th Street and Cherokee Avenue just after 1:30 a.m. Saturday. 

Police were giving special attention to the Nu-Way Bar when they saw a large group running out of the bar.

At the same time, Joseph King Jr. managed to get the attention of an EMS crew and told them he was shot in the stomach.

King was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.

King told police that a group of women got into a fight in the bar. One of King's friends told him she was roughed up by another man. That's when King confronted the man.

A fight broke out and King was shot in the stomach.

Police say the suspect was wearing a brown fur coat, about 5'07" tall, weighs 130 pounds, and has brown completion.

At 1:35 a.m., police went to University Hospitals for another man who was shot at 1204 Old River Road.

Reports say Nathaniel Primous was waiting outside with a group of friends for a ride home from his girlfriend. While waiting outside Script Night Club, he heard several gunshots and started running. That's when he fell to the ground after being shot in the foot. 

No other information is available with this shooting at this time.

Then at 1:40 a.m., Antonio Jones was shot at 11313 Whitmore Avenue. 

Jones was hosting a party when a man named "Maurice" tried to get him to fight. "Maurice" was escorted out of the party.

Later in the evening, when Jones went outside, he saw a sky blue-colored, 4-door vehicle pull up with several males. 

"Maurice" got out of the car and aimed a gun at Jones and began to fire. Jones was shot in the leg.

"Maurice" is described as 5'10" tall, weighing 150 pounds, with black hair and a medium complexion. He was last seen wearing a grey hoodie and blue jeans.  

If you have any information on any of these shootings, you are asked to contact the Cleveland Police Department.


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