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, "...as 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."