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Akron police officers placed on leave following early Sunday morning shooting

Two Akron police officers have been placed on paid administrative leave at this time, pending a formal investigation into the incident.

AKRON, Ohio — Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a story published on Jan. 4, 2021.

The Akron Police Department is investigating an officer-involved shooting that took place in the early hours of the morning on Sunday. 

According to officials, the incident happened around 3:35 a.m. near the Duchess Shoppe gas station on East Avenue, when police heard shots fired and found a victim running from a suspect who was actively shooting in the direction of both the victim and police. 

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Two Akron police officers pursued the suspect on foot and one of the officers retrieved his weapon and fired at the suspect. Despite the officers' efforts, the suspect was able to flee the scene and remains at large. Officials say it is unclear if the suspect was shot during the chase.

The victim has been identified as a 32-year-old male, and is currently at Cleveland Clinic Akron General Medical Center receiving care for two gunshot wounds. Police tell 3News that he is in serious, but stable condition. 

The two officers involved in the Sunday morning pursuit are six-year veterans of the APD and have been placed on paid administrative leave during this time, per departmental procedure.

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A handgun, among other evidence, was recovered from the scene and the incident remains under investigation at this time. 

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates.

Editor's note: The video in the player above is from a story published on Feb. 10, 2021. 


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