DEA Agent shot drug suspect in Cleveland

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CLEVELAND, OH – On April 14, 2021 at approximately 3:50 p.m., Cleveland Police Officers responded to East 82nd Street and Decker Avenue for shots fired.

While enroute, officers received information that the incident was a law enforcement involved shooting. On arrival, officers encountered the victim, a Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration providing first aid to a male suspect.

The suspect was then taken to the Cleveland Clinic via a Cleveland Police zone car for treatment and later conveyed to University Hospital for treatment where he remains confined. Per protocol, members of the Cleveland Division of Police Use of Force Team (FIT) including the Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Unit and Crime Scene and Records, responded to the scene for investigation.

Preliminary information indicates that Drug Enforcement Administration Agents were in the area of East 82nd Street and Decker Avenue conducting a narcotics operation. The involved Special Agent/victim was the single occupant in a parked vehicle when a vehicle pulled up near him and two males exited, one displaying a firearm at which point shots were fired and the suspect was shot.


The agent was not injured. This matter remains under investigation. Inquiries relative to the Drug Enforcement Administration investigation and agent information should be directed to the DEA. No additional information is available at this time. Any additional information will be provided via GOV QA.From the Cleveland Division of Police:The number one goal of law enforcement officers is to keep the community safe.

Officers respond to calls for service from our citizens and will continue to do everything possible to take violent criminals off of our streets. Cleveland, like cities across the United States, has seen a sharp rise in gun violence and homicides. Although these outcomes are never what we want, they are the result of guns in the hands of criminals. We need the help of the community. Please report crime tips to law enforcement. Anonymous information can be provided via Crimestoppers by calling 216-25-CRIME.

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