64-Year-Old Eastside Man Shot Dead After Altercation With Police Overnight

Theodore Johnson, 64, was shot and killed last night after he shot a Cleveland police officer. 

Police were responding to a domestic violence report at Johnson's home on Ottawa Road. When officers arrived, they met Johnson in a hallway. He refused to drop the gun he was holding, and shots were fired. Police Chief Calvin Williams confirmed that one officer had been hit in his bullet-proof vest.

The wounded officer has not yet been identified; he was taken to MetroHealth with non-life-threatening injuries. 

The shooting took place in the Fourth District, where the department's body cameras are currently in use. An internal investigation is beginning today.

3 p.m. update: NEOMG's Cory Shaffer reports that the Cleveland Police Department will not release body camera footage of last night's shooting amid investigation. 

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