CLEVELAND - A Cleveland police officer was shot early Thursday morning while confronting a suspect.
The incident occurred outside of a home on Thompkins Avenue around midnight. The officer, Anthony Sauto, suffered a gunshot wound in the thigh and was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center, where he was treated and released for his injuries.
The incident started with a suspicious car investigation at West 83 Street and Lorain. While police were investigating, someone fired three shots at a Cleveland officers, hitting Sauto in the leg.
A foot pursuit ensued, ending in the backyard of a home on Thompkins Avenue, where police shot and killed the man about a block away from the original shots being fired. Police said that the man fired more rounds at police before he was killed.
The shooter was using a Mac 9 handgun that held 30 rounds, and police said he had the gun strapped around his neck like a necklace.
The scene on Thompkins is very active with detectives combing through evidence and trying to piece the entire incident together.
We will continue to update the story as we receive more information.
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