CLEVELAND, OH – A Cleveland Police officer was reportedly shot during the early morning hours of July 20th, according to law enforcement sources. However, the officer struck is reportedly poised to recover just fine, and four people have already been taken into custody in relation to the incident.
multiple law enforcement sources: cleveland police officer shot and wounded…shot in the arm…taken to University Hospitals stable condition—2000 block e 81…now stand off/ SWAT situation
— Ed Gallek (@edgallekfox8) July 20, 2020
Fraternal Order of Police president Jeff Follmer reportedly confirmed the incident with a local Fox news outlet. What’s known thus far is that the shooting happened around 3:45 a.m. near the intersection of E. 81 Street and Euclid Avenue in Cleveland.
Cleveland police union president confirms an officer was shot early this morning. Officer in stable condition and at hospital. . No word on any arrests yet. Working to learn more.
— Peggy Gallek (@PeggyGallek) July 20, 2020
Not much has been revealed with regard to what led up to the shooting, however some sources allege that the call started out as “unknown trouble” and officers may have responded to reports of someone shooting into someone’s door.
More on Cleveland officer shot and wounded this AM: started with a call for “unknown trouble” and a report someone may have shot into someone’s door
— Ed Gallek (@edgallekfox8) July 20, 2020
Reports of road closures have come in regarding the area of where the scene of the incident was.
E. 81 closed Euclid – Carnegie. https://t.co/yfDsEa9ILT
— Patty Harken (@HarkenPatty) July 20, 2020
Police have yet to identify the officer involved or the suspects taken into custody following the incident. Please follow Law Enforcement Today to stay up to date on this developing story.
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In other stories regarding wounded officers, one incident coming out of Michigan is perhaps one of the most bizarre reasons as of late that someone allegedly attacked a police officer.
A woman, being called Pizza Karen on social media, raised a ruckus at a pizza restaurant in Grand Haven, Michigan over the mandatory mask requirements.
As reported by MLive:
“According to the Grand Haven Department of Public Safety: North allegedly entered a Jet’s Pizza shop and became upset when asked to wear a mask, which is mandated by the state. North allegedly approached the counter, stuck her hands under a barrier and made an obscene gesture while cursing at employees, the website reported.”
Another patron tried to intervene, and the suspect allegedly kicked them.
Police were called out to the scene, noting that the call came in as a reported fight.
The suspect, later identified as 56-year-old Tammy North, threw her tantrum and then she left. In the parking lot, she was getting in her truck when Officer Everardo Pedroza Jr. was arriving to investigate the call. Pedroza ordered North to stop, but she failed to comply.
One bystander was noted as saying that North had just kicked his vehicle when the officer encountered her in the parking lot.
She put the truck in reverse, and in the process of backing, she ran over the officer’s foot and then drove away.
Fellow officers joined Pedroza in the pursuit, which only lasted a few minutes as the Department of Public Safety officers terminated their pursuit at US 31 and Sternberg Road. That is the Fruitport Township line.
North was arrested a short time later by Fruitport Township Police.
She is charged with fleeing and eluding police, resisting, obstructing the police, causing injury, and disturbing the peace. The 56-year-old woman was administered a $25,000 bond in relaiton to the charges levied against her.
Officer Pedroza was treated at the North Ottawa Community Hospital for an injured foot. He is expected to recover fully.
The Michigan mask mandate requires businesses to refuse entry to those not wearing masks. Individual businesses run the risk of losing their business licenses as well as any specialty licenses they may require if they do not comply.
The state of Michigan has been especially vocal in that arena, trying to shut down a barber who was simply trying to run his shop. It was a story that gained national attention and wound up at the Michigan Supreme Court.
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