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Police officer in Bedford, Ohio, shoots armed passenger in stolen car

Police officer in Bedford, Ohio, shoots armed passenger in stolen car
Police officer in Bedford, Ohio, shoots armed passenger in stolen car

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BEDFORD, Ohio (WJW) — A passenger in a stolen car appeared to pull out a gun during an altercation with police Wednesday, prompting an officer to open fire, a police statement said.


According to a statement from Deputy Police Chief Rick Suts on Thursday, it happened shortly after 5:30 p.m. at Walgreens at 520 Broadway Avenue.

Suts said the vehicle, which was reported stolen, pulled into a parking space and a passenger in the back seat got out. The officer called other officers for help and attempted to park the car.

As the officer tried to get the driver to stop the vehicle, he saw the passenger pull a gun from his waistband. The officer then fired twice at the vehicle as it drove off.

Police do not believe anyone in the vehicle was hit by gunfire. They have asked local hospitals to notify them if they receive a patient with gunshot wounds.

The officer suffered a minor injury and was treated at the hospital. The officer is currently on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, as per department policy for officer-involved shootings.

According to Suts, the officers’ body and dashboard cameras did not record the shooting because he did not have his lights or sirens on.

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