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Police open fire on Beachwood police cruiser stolen prior to low-speed chase

March 6, 2019 GMT

Police open fire on Beachwood police cruiser stolen prior to low-speed chase

BEACHWOOD, Ohio -- A 26-year-old Cleveland man is accused of stealing a Beachwood police cruiser.

Master Nathaniel Simpson is charged with felonious assault with a peace officer, Beachwood police Chief Gary Haba said.

Officers suffered minor injuries and four police cruisers sustained damaged in the low-speed chase that included officers shooting at the cruiser, police said.

The man was not hurt by the gunfire, police said. He was arrested after the chase ended in Shaker Heights.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the police-involved shooting, Haba said.

Simpson stole a GMC pick-up-truck about 2:30 p.m. from the parking lot of University Hospital Ahuja Medical Center on Richmond Road, according to police and 911 recordings.

A witness told a 911 dispatcher the man walked up to a truck in the parking lot, jumped in and sped away.

Shortly after, an officer spotted the stolen truck as it turned into a parking lot on Chagrin Boulevard and Green Road, police said.

The man driving the truck got out and ran from officers. The officers ran after him, according to police. The man jumped into a running but empty police cruiser and drove away, police said.

Officers shot at the cruiser, partially disabling it, police said.

Simpson drove away at low speeds, and Shaker Heights and Beachwood police stopped the car about a mile-and-a-half away on Stoer Road and Lomond Boulevard in Shaker Heights.

Simpson tried to to run but was arrested, police said.

An initial appearance has not been set yet, Haba said, and additional charges are pending.

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