Supervisor Tells Cop To Let Suspect Go Who Shot At Him

A supervisor forced Cleveland police officers to allow a shooter to go free on Tuesday night.

Cleveland, OH – A man who opened fire on a Cleveland police officer was allowed to go free on Tuesday night, after a supervising officer issued an order to terminate pursuit of the gunman’s vehicle.

Police believed the same vehicle had rammed into a patrol car on Apr. 6, WJW reported.

“Just had a vehicle take a shot at me,” an officer said over the radio, according to recordings obtained by WJW. “I’m behind it.”

“I’m close to it,” he told his fellow officers. “[The shooter] fired one shot.”

But as police pursued the suspect at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour, a directive was issued to “terminate that chase,” according to the recording.

“I don’t know what this street is, and I’m not familiar with this area,” an officer said at one point.

The officers were then told to terminate the pursuit, if they were “out of the city,” according to the radio traffic recording.

“I’m in the city,” an officer responded. “He went back into Cleveland.”

A supervising officer then came on the radio, and issued a further directive.

“I cannot get through on the radio,” he said. “You’re gonna have to terminate that pursuit. You’re not allowing me to get info.”

“All cars, do not engage. Terminate that pursuit,” the supervisor reiterated.

The officer who the suspect had opened fire on spoke up once again.

“This male shot at me,” the officer said. “Are you telling me to disengage? Is that what you're telling me?”

“Yeah, you’re outta control,” the supervisor responded. “You’re not allowing me to monitor the radio.”

Officers were dumbfounded and infuriated that a gunman who shot at a police officer was allowed to escape, WJW reported.

A Cleveland Police Department spokesperson issued a written statement in the aftermath of the incident, and said that the decision was the responsibility of the sector supervisor.

“The decision to allow or terminate a chase is influenced by a number of factors such as time of day, auto and pedestrian traffic, weather conditions, and suspect behavior, and the crime committed with the highest emphasis placed on public safety,” the statement further read, according to WJW.

It was unclear whether or not department administrators considered a situation in which a gunman opened fire on an officer to be a threat to public safety.

The officer was not injured in the attack, and no arrests have been made in relation to the shooting, WJW reported.

Comments (39)
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EMarie
EMarie

That's Bu!!$h!t 😡

gfc1963
gfc1963

Fuck that Supervisor!!

bronx163
bronx163

Thats the new gen of bosses in pd now.
Shoot at a cop u go where ever this shitbag runs to.

Officer Cynical
Officer Cynical

Politics in police supervision strikes again.

rover77
rover77

wth was supe thinking?

SafetyDave
SafetyDave

Federal OSHA and other laws limit or outright REMOVE AUTHORITY of a superior where it can endanger an employee (Officer, in this instance). Specifically, it is ILLEGAL to tell an employee that he cannot use his safety devices, or that he is ordered to compromise his safety FOR ANY reason. This supervisor INTENTIONALLY VIOLATED the Officers FEDERAL and Civil rights!

Skoolboy42
Skoolboy42

I agree that time of day and traffic volume and other miatigating circumstances come into play......for many offenses. Attempted homicide is another animal entirely. That person needs to be taken off the street immediately because if I am the next civilian or cop shot by that person, there would be a hellacious lawsuit against that supervisor and department. As for the radio traffic snafu, that sounds like a training issue.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Undisciplined radio traffic is not uncommon in these type of situations but the supervisor had the opportunity to get things under control without terminating the pursuit of someone who tried to kill a police officer. I don't like high speed chases for a number of reasons and going nuts over someone who only committed a traffic offense is one thing, shooting at an officer is another. If they were only going 50 mph they should have let the pursuit continue.

Tinazak227
Tinazak227

THis was all part of the DOJ decree that our mayor agreed to. Everyone knows if you run in Cleveland CPD is not allowed to engage in a high speed pursuit. CPD POs do NOT have any support from the higher ups; especially the mayor and the chief. WE just had OSHP enter into a high speed chase in Cleveland last week and it has become a big to do. The city does not support any law enforcement.

Moktor
Moktor

Um, without getting into the actual case here, the shooting was over. The supervisor, if anything, was protecting the employee. The officer was not in more danger and the pursuit could have caused more danger to the public. Not saying the supervisor was right or wrong, but by your own statement he would have done the correct thing.

BurgessKrell
BurgessKrell

So shooting at cops in Cleveland is endorsed by police supervisors. What zoo is the department frequenting to recruit their supervisors?

bronx163
bronx163

No allowed to go after shitbag perps. They have rights saids lib shitbags

cynfcosta
cynfcosta

I listened to the entire radio traffic for this incident, and frankly as a dispatcher it is one of the best and smoothest pursuits i have ever heard. He is calm, puts out all directions and streets, he does one time tell the Sgt. to stand by because he has priority traffic. In no way what so ever did it sound undisciplined. The agency i work for has a similar pursuit policy and i hope/pray that if someone took a shot of one of our warriors that the pursuit would NOT be called off because of political bs.

NTPD935Ret
NTPD935Ret

And they wonder why Cleveland is a shithole!?

RuRuOne
RuRuOne

Whose Lives Matter?

evzone2018
evzone2018

I applaud the supervisor who was level-headed enough to see that the situation warranted calling off a chase when the shooter was in a moving vehicle. This puts innocent civilians at greater risk and makes it harder for officers to engage or back each other up. As difficult as it must be to let one go, it is always better to wait one out and get him next time. You know these people are not likely one time offenders. My hat is off to Cleveland Police Department.

Bill d
Bill d

Highest regard to public safety?
A man willing to shoot at a cop is most likely willing to shoot at anyone.
👏 jackass.

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

Are you really that stupid.?! If you were shot at, would you relax and ignore it when your assailants fled? Would he not still remain a felon who is a threat to you and others? Get a grip on reality. That "supervisor" probably never did a lick of real police work, but I am guessing he's great at taking tests.

61mouse
61mouse

And the name of the supervisor ?

61mouse
61mouse

Maybe Laflopper can get his brother to turn himself in

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

Obviously, he was stinking he didn't want to leave the safety of his office or have to do paperwork. That would interrupt whatever ttc show he was watching.

Sergeant PJB
Sergeant PJB

I am SO glad that Columbus fought against the DOJ and their BS...and WON!!! I grew up in Cleveland And love the city, but when I was looking, Kucinich had just bankrupted the city and laid off about 300 officers. It's never been the same. And now Kucinich and his cop hating running mate are running for governor again. God help us!

ForestJohn
ForestJohn

This is not like letting a fish go and catch him later. This suspect committed a felony and needs to be incarcerated. Normal factors that would necessitate a termination of a pursuit didn't seem to be there. Looks like to me the supervisor was overwhelmed and instead of taking a chance of getting a criminal off the street, tucked the tail between the legs and gave up..

Katarina
Katarina

Maybe the supervisor who called off the chase will be the next one the criminal takes a pot shot at. If someone in my community were taking shots at law enforcement, I sure wouldn't want them left to roam around. If they are willing to shoot at police, they sure won't hesitate to kill anyone else.

BlueProtects
BlueProtects

The supervisor is probably a liberal like some of these liberal Judges that are letting serious criminals off the hook with just a slap on the hand and feel free to go commit another crime and hopefully not kill anyone. If any of those hand slapped criminals were to kill, injure or cause damage to property (state or individual) the Judges should be held responsible for their actions not the City or State.

jan.poirier
jan.poirier

Unbelievable.

LEO0301
LEO0301

With your logic, the police should allow anyone who flees in a car, runs away on foot, or resists arrest to go free. All of those situations have the potential to have bad endings. In fact, why not just eliminate the police all together and kindly ask law breakers to turn themselves in when they are good and ready. smh

Jetranger206
Jetranger206

so if this felon shoots and kills another officer sometime in the future WHAT SHOULD we say/do with that supervisor? just asking

Jetranger206
Jetranger206

what if that felon has just kidnapped someone's daughter who was in the trunk? you ok with that supervisor? just asking

Jetranger206
Jetranger206

libs are DANGEROUS to freedom in the USA and dangerous to your lives....

T-III
T-III

In general, better technology or procedures are lacking, which would preclude CHASES. There is a reason, I suppose, why squad cars are also called Police INTERCEPTORS. Chasing a vehicle, like in a race AND on city streets to boot, is not the same a INTERCEPTING it -which would necessitate communication, and that's why squad cars also are called RADIO CARS, in order to organise an INTERCEPTION with the help of other units disseminated in the concerned area. (Of course, a helo helps, if around). To what extent is it "Public Safety" to conduct a grand prix in an urban environment?!

Albaby
Albaby

Bet you've never done anything but spout off .

jakesj40
jakesj40

Let me guess, the supervisor was black and the police officer was in a black neighborhood so obviously the police officer who was shot at was chasing the gunman because he was a white racist. Give me a break, let them all kill each other.