Police in Euclid, Ohio allegedly shot an unarmed man.
On Monday, two Euclid police officers responded to a call about a suspicious vehicle, driven by 23-year-old Luke O. Stewart. According to Fox 8 Cleveland, police officers struggled with Stewart. One of the officers shot Stewart, but so far it is unclear why. According to The Vindicator, WEWS-TV has reported that an officer said over radio traffic that Stewart had tried to run over the police. Soon after, an officer is heard saying, “shots fired” over the police radio, according to Fox 8 Cleveland. According to radio logs, officers administered CPR on Stewart while waiting for EMS. He died shortly after at a hospital.
On Wednesday, a Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation spokeswoman said that Stewart did not have a weapon, according to Fox 8 Cleveland. The spokeswoman also stated, according to Cleveland.com, that agents at the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation are trying to determine if the vehicle itself was used as a weapon in this incident.
According to Fox 8 Cleveland, Stewart was allegedly arrested in a 2013 drug trafficking sting, one of 29. According to law enforcement officials, it was a group of loosely-aligned heroin and cocaine dealers. Stewart was allegedly convicted of attempted drug trafficking in 2014.
The officer who shot and killed Stewart has been placed on paid administrative leave, according to Cleveland.com.
This was the second fatal police shooting in suburban Cleveland in less than a week, according to The Vindicator. In both shootings, no guns were found.
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