Driver Killed During Cleveland Chase Shot 23 Times


UPDATED: Tuesday December 4, 2012 5:54 PM

The medical examiner's office in Cleveland says two people killed when a car chase ended with a barrage of police gunfire were each shot about two dozen times.
   
The chase Thursday night began when an officer heard a gunshot near police headquarters, and it ended with police firing a barrage of 137 rounds.
   
An office spokesman said Tuesday that 43-year-old driver Timothy Russell was shot 23 times in the head, neck, torso and limbs. The office says 30-year-old Malissa Williams was shot 24 times.
   
No weapon or shell casings were found in their vehicle.
   
Their family members say firing so many shots was unjustified. They asked for a federal investigation.
   
Officers say the driver rammed a patrol car and nearly hit an officer, so force was necessary.

 

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