Medical Examiner: Driver in police pursuit shot 23 times

4:57 PM, Dec 4, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner says the driver in last Thursday's police pursuit was shot 23 times.

Medical Examiner spokesman Powell Caesar tells Channel 3 that Timothy Ray Russell, 43, was shot 23 times.

Just after 5 p.m. Tuesday, Russell's body was turned over to the Johnson Romito Funeral Home.

Funeral arrangements for Russell have been announced. They will be Saturday, with the viewing 9-11 a.m. and the service at 11 a.m. at the Sanctuary of Praise on Hadden Road in Twinsburg.

Earlier Tuesday, Caesar confirmed to Channel 3 that passenger Malissa Williams, 30, was shot 24 times.

Both were determined to be victims of "homicide."

Related story: Cleveland: ME says one pursuit victim shot 24 times

The 22-minute chase began on St. Clair Avenue last Thursday night after an occupant inside a vehicle was thought to have fired a shot at police.

In the end, police fired 137 rounds at the two suspects inside the vehicle, killing both of them.

Last Friday, East Cleveland Police Chief Ralph Spotts confirmed there was no gun or weapon found in the vehicle they had been pursuing.

No shell casings were found in the vehicle either.


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