An investigation is underway after a deadly shooting involving five security officers in Cleveland.
The shooting happened Sunday morning just before 2:30 a.m. on King Avenue.
The preliminary investigation reveals that security officers employed by Kingdom Warrior Protection company were working at a private party at the Braxton Building on East 40 Street.
As the party was ending, the security officers were clearing the area of pedestrian and vehicular traffic. While dispersing the crowd, an unarmed security officer reportedly requested that Are'es Richard of Cleveland Heights to move his vehicle, but Richard did not comply.
The security officer reportedly knocked on the driver's window and again requested that Richard move the vehicle. Richard opened his vehicle door, striking the security officer. The security officer pushed the door closed and Richard again forcibly opened the door striking the security officer again. Richard exited his vehicle and grabbed the security officer by his vest carrier and began pulling the officer. The two became involved in a physical struggle and Richard was pushed back into his vehicle. Richard then placed the vehicle in drive, made a u-turn and then drove onto the sidewalk over the curb towards the security officer.
The security officer ran through the vacant corner lot with Richard driving at him. Upon seeing this, three other armed security officers discharged their weapons at Richard's vehicle.
Richard then drove his vehicle back over the sidewalk and eastbound onto King Avenue and then southbound on East 40 Street.
He was later located unconscious at the Marathon Gas Station at E. 40th & St. Clair Avenue with a gunshot wound to the leg.
All five security officers were interviewed by Homicide Unit Detectives and are cooperating with the investigation. An Assistant Cuyahoga County Prosecutor was on scene.
There are no arrests. Upon completion the facts of the investigation will be presented to the Prosecutor to determine if the shooting was self-defense.
The Cleveland Division of Police is asking that anyone with information to contact the Homicide Unit at 216.623.5464. Anonymous information can be given to Crime Stoppers by calling 216.252.7463 or Text messaging to Text TIP657 plus your message to Crimes (274637).
The Kingdom Warrior Protection company released the following statement Thursday, June 20:
"Kingdom Warrior Protection is a company that is founded on and adheres to the principles of excellence, professionalism, equality and family.
We are deeply saddened at the unfortunate turn of events that occurred this weekend; our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Are'res Richards.
Please know that Kingdom Warrior Protection is cooperating fully with the Cleveland Police Department's detectives in their on-going investigation of this incident, and that all officers involved with this incident have been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
We are sincerely praying that the grace, the peace and the comfort of the Lord be with the Richards family as they go through this difficult time."
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