One man dead, another in custody after police chase and crash on East Side

Apr 5, 2018

The investigation continues into an alleged shooting and the police chase that followed it, ending with one man dead and another injured.

Police officers engaged in a traffic stop near Michigan Avenue and Goodell Street around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night were approached by a man complaining that he had been shot at by suspects in a vehicle in the area.

The officers found the vehicle and attempted to pull it over, but it fled the scene quickly. A chase ensued, but the vehicle eventually escaped the sight of the pursuing officers, who followed its direction and found the vehicle crashed into a building at the corner of Genesee Street and Bissell Avenue.

Police Captain Jeff Rinaldo said the officers followed protocol in their pursuit of the vehicle and its suspects.

“The pursuit protocol says that, number one, it has to be for a violent felony crime. Obviously a shooting is a violent felony crime. And it takes into a number of factors – time of day, traffic conditions, weather conditions, environmental conditions, as well as the reactions of the other drivers. We have our duty officer that works midnights, so he or she monitors all pursuits. And, at this point, it appears as if the policy was followed.”

Information from radio and call logs is still being compiled, but Rinaldo said it appears police were chasing the vehicle for three to five minutes.

On arrival at the crash, officers contacted emergency services and performed CPR on the vehicle’s male passenger, who was later pronounced dead at the scene. The driver was taken to ECMC for treatment of a broken leg and head injury. He was placed under police guard, as charges are pending.

Rinaldo said an investigation by homicide detectives and the internal affairs division is ongoing.

“We recovered shell casings at the scene of the shooting,” said Rinaldo. “There was a firearm recovered as well as a felony amount of drugs recovered from the passenger of the vehicle.

Detectives are talking to the victim who reported being shot at. He was not injured, and whether or not the alleged shooting was targeted or a random act remains part of the investigation. Also in question is whether or not the suspects were previously known to police.

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