VIDEO: Cleveland Mayor's Family Member Arrested For Shooting At Cops
Cleveland, OH – The mayor of Cleveland’s 16-year-old great-grandson was arrested after he and another boy fired shots at officers (video below).
The incident began on July 17 when a Cleveland police officer reported that two teenage boys had fired shots at him in a drive-by shooting on East 86th Street and Quincy Avenue, WEWS reported.
"I was coming down 86th and they almost t-boned me and they started popping off rounds," an officer told the dispatcher in bodycam video from the incident.
Shortly thereafter, officers spotted a vehicle matching the description of the shooters’ car and stopped it.
The driver of the gold sedan was the 16-year-old great-grandson of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, according to WEWS.
Bodycam video showed that the teenage driver told the officer that he only had a temporary license.
So the officer told him to put the car in park and step out of the vehicle, and the video showed the teenager complied with the officer’s instructions.
"Where are you guys coming from?" the officer asked the 16 year old.
"My granddad's house," the driver replied.
“Where’s your granddad live?” the officer asked.
The boy provided an address to a home owned by the mayor of Cleveland, WEWS reported.
That’s when the 17-year-old passenger in the stopped vehicle made a run for it, as a second officer was taking him out of the car, the video showed.
The second officer pursued the passenger on foot, while the first officer put the mayor’s great-grandson in handcuffs and locked him in the backseat of a patrol vehicle, the video showed.
Then he searched the suspects’ vehicle and found a gun magazine, but no weapon, inside the center console of the car, WEWS reported.
"Just be advised, there is a gun magazine inside the center console so that male might be armed," the officer said into his radio in the video.
Officers tracked down the 17 year old several blocks away where he was hiding in the bushes behind a house.
As they took him into custody, officers recovered a silver semi-automatic handgun that the suspect had ditched nearby, bodycam video showed.
Investigators said the weapon was a 9mm, WEWS reported.
Both teenage boys were arrested. Their names have not been released because they are both juveniles.
The boys were being held at the county’s juvenile detention center, both facing charges in connection with the drive-by shooting on the police officer, WEWS reported.
The mayor’s great-grandson’s next court appearance is scheduled for Aug. 15.
Jackson refused to comment on his great-grandson’s arrest, but WEWS reported that he also recently refused to comment on his namesake grandson’s arrest, too.
Frank Q. Jackson Jr., 22, was arrested in May and recently pleaded guilty to charges of menacing, aggravated disorderly conduct, and attempted drug abuse, Cleveland Urban News reported.
The mayor’s grandson was also arrested on weapons charges in June of 2017 but had his record wiped clean by participating in a diversionary program for first offenders.
Neither the grandson nor the great-grandson are biological relatives of the Cleveland mayor, who has no children of his own.
They are the grandson and great-grandson of Jackson’s wife, Edwina, and therefore are they mayor’s step-grandchildren, Cleveland Urban News reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: