Officer Anthony Sauto was treated and released for a gunshot wound to the leg. He will be on paid leave until an investigation into the shooting can be completed.
The officer responded to a report of a suspicious car at West 83rd Street and Lorain Avenue. When he approached the car, the suspect fired his weapon, shooting the officer in the leg, police said.
Before locating the officer, neighbors along West 85th were told to stay in their homes -- but one took a couragous step.
"I saw footprints in the snow, in an area that people don't usually walk. I saw the suspect sitting at the base of my fence and alerted police."
The neighbor asked not to be identified.
The suspect then fired at officers pursuing him in the chase, and he was shot and killed.
The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association Steve Loomis described the gun as a Mac-9 semiautomatic gun with a 30-round clip, in a statement released to the media.
Late Thursday, police identified the suspect as Glenn Proctor, 23.
Sauto is the Cleveland Police officer who received an apology in court from defendant Jason Ruiz back in November. Ruiz was arrested in the Warehouse District after scuffling with Sauto.
The judge would only allow Ruiz a plea deal of probation if he apologized to Sauto because surveillance video supported his account of what happened that evening.
The incident happened as racial tensions were growing in the West 6th Street area. The NAACP said that black people were being targeted by police.