03/30/2007

Off-duty Ohio deputy shoots man after trying to break up fight

By Brie Zeltner
Plain Dealer

CUYAHOGA COUNTY, Ohio — An off-duty Cuyahoga County sheriff's deputy shot a man in the ankle Wednesday evening after trying to break up a fight between two men outside a deli on East 105th Street near Greenlawn Avenue.

Rescue workers took the man to Huron Hospital. His injuries were not serious, Chief Deputy Doug Burkhart said. Charges will be determined today.

Burkhart would not identify the suspect or the deputy, who he said has more than 30 years of service.

Cleveland police and the Sheriff's Office are conducting a joint investigation into the shooting, Burkhart said.

Burkhart described the incident this way: The deputy was driving home from the Justice Center about 7 p.m. when he saw two men fighting.

The deputy, in full uniform, ordered one of the men to back off the other. The man, who reportedly had a gun, ran away.

The man ignored the deputy's orders to stop. The man had fired the gun when the deputy shot him in the leg, but it was unclear whether he fired at the deputy or the man he was fighting with before the deputy arrived.

It was the second shooting involving an off-duty law enforcement officer in the past week. Last Friday Cleveland police officer John Lundy shot and killed 17-year-old Angelo Miller while working off-duty as a security guard at an apartment complex on Cleveland's East Side.

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