Woman Killed During Cleveland Chase Was Shot 24 Times

AP

CLEVELAND (AP) — The medical examiner says a woman killed in a chase that ended with Cleveland police firing a barrage of 137 rounds was shot 24 times.

The findings on 30-year-old Malissa Williams were released Tuesday by spokesman Powell Caesar. Official findings are pending on the other person killed in Thursday night’s chase, 43-year-old driver Timothy Russell.

No weapon or shell casings were found in their vehicle.

Family members say firing that many shots was unjustified. They asked for a federal investigation.

Officers say the driver rammed a patrol car and nearly hit an officer, so force was necessary.

Investigators from the Ohio attorney general’s office and the Cuyahoga County sheriff’s department have joined the investigation.

The chase began when an officer heard a gunshot near police headquarters in downtown Cleveland.

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