Cleveland: Police arrest 3 in overnight standoff

10:25 AM, Dec 3, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Three men were arrested and Lorain Avenue is back open after an overnight SWAT standoff on Cleveland's west side.

Police closed Lorain Avenue from West 117th Street to West 122nd Street at about 1:45 a.m., but police had been in the area with rifles since at least 1 a.m.

An officer was responding to a domestic violence call at an apartment on West 120th Street, off of Lorain Avenue.

While returning to his cruiser, the officer saw three men jumping out of an SUV that had its license plates covered by a t-shirt. The officer became suspicious, but the suspects ran from the officer.

Two of the suspects ran into another nearby apartment on Lorain Avenue. The third one continued running. His location is not known.

Shots were reportedly fired at this scene.

After a standoff that lasted almost three hours, both suspects were arrested.

A third man was also arrested on outstanding warrants who happened to be in the same apartment as the two suspects.

Officers found an 22-caliber AR style assault weapon with a plastic bag over it that reportedly fell out of the SUV. Officers explained that the bag is a tactic used to prevent shell casings from falling to the ground, where police can collect them as evidence at shooting scenes.

Lorain Avenue reopened just before 4 a.m., when police were able to get the men out of the basement of that building.

The building is believed to be mixed use, with a business on the first floor and apartments above it.


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