Cleveland Police Officer indicted in suspect's fatal shooting

CPD officer indicted

CLEVELAND - A Cleveland police officer has been indicted for negligent homicide in the 2015 death of an unarmed 18-year-old breaking and entering suspect, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty said, in a press release late Friday afternoon.

According to the release, Patrolman Alan Buford was charged by a Cuyahoga County Grand Jury with fatally shooting Brandon Jones outside a Parkwood Avenue store during the early morning hours of March 19, 2015.

The release also added that Buford and his partner, Patrolman Gregory King, had responded to a report of a break-in at the Parkwood Grocery and, with guns drawn, confronted Jones as he exited the store carrying a bag of stolen items including coins, cigars, and cigarettes.

McGinty added that, " the officers were arresting Mr. Jones, Patrolman Buford, for reasons unknown, negligently fired his service weapon. The bullet hit the suspect in the upper chest, inflicting a fatal wound."

"Based on the known evidence, our Office recommended and the Grand Jury agreed that Officer Buford's conduct did not meet the U.S. Supreme Court's legal standards to justify a police officer's use of deadly force," said McGinty.

Under the Ohio Revised Code, negligent homicide is a misdemeanor and, if convicted, Buford could get a sentence of up to 180 days in the Cuyahoga County Jail.

A Cleveland Police spokeswoman says that "(Buford) will remain on restricted duty within the Cleveland Division of Police pending the adjudication of the case."



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