Solon: Police identify officers involved in fatal traffic stop

2:19 PM, Mar 27, 2013   |    comments
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SOLON -- The Solon Police Department is releasing the names of the officers involved in a March 17 shooting incident where they were shot at by Kevin Bailey.

Bailey, 22, of Sylvania Township, died at the scene.

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Police say Patrolman Steven Davis was hired April of 2008 and was struck in the arm and ballistic vest by gunshots from Bailey.  He is a current member of the South East Area Law Enforcement SWAT team.

He underwent additional surgery last week to remove glass fragments from his hand and remains home recovering while on leave.

Patrolman Nicholas Kline had several shots strike his patrol vehicle as well. He was hired in November of 2009 and is a current member of the Valley Enforcement Group SWAT Perimeter team.

The gun used by Bailey was a semi-automatic pistol.

On March 17, 2013, just after 9:45 p.m. in the intersection of Bainbridge Road and Sunnywood Drive, officers of the Solon Police Department attempted to stop a suspect vehicle that had fled the scene of a routine traffic stop just a quarter mile down the road.

The suspect vehicle was disabled after driving over a curb. Before the police officers could exit their cruisers, they came under immediate gun fire from the suspect who shot rounds through both police cars.

One officer took rounds to both the chest and left arm, but was wearing a bulletproof vest. The suspect succumbed to return fire and was deceased at the scene.

Both involved officers were treated and released from the Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Emergency Department early Sunday morning; they have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is under review.

It is expected that after the investigation is completed, the results will be reviewed by the Department's Use of Force Investigation team, the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office and the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

Witnesses reported hearing gunshots in the area of Sunnywood Drive and Bainbridge Road just before 10 p.m.

Officers stopped a car at at about 9:45 p.m. at Bainbridge Road and Sharondale Drive. During the stop, the driver sped away from police, turning onto Sunnywood Drive, where he crashed.

The man opened fire on police when they approached the area of the crash.

The specifics of the incident are being investigated by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation who remains the lead contact agency for information.

According to Police Chief Christopher Viland, "We continue to cooperate closely with BCI and as we receive authorization to release information we will do that as quickly as possible.  We certainly want to tell the story of the courage and professionalism of our employees without complicating or compromising the continuing investigation."

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