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Man arrested in police chase involving stolen vehicle connected to slain Cleveland police officer Shane Bartek pleads guilty

The woman charged with Bartek's murder—Tamara McLoyd—is scheduled to stand trial on July 25.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: Video in the player at the top of this story was originally published in a previous article connected to the case on Jan. 21, 2022.

Anthony Bulter Jr., the man who was arrested following a chase connected to the death of Cleveland police officer Shane Bartek, pleaded guilty in the case Wednesday morning.

Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Michael O’Malley says Butler was sentenced to three years in prison.

Butler pleaded guilty to multiple counts, according to Prosecutor O’Malley, including receiving a stolen vehicle registered to officer Bartek back on Dec. 31. He also pleaded guilty “to the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle” connected to an unrelated incident on Dec. 19.

Butler is the man accused of leading police on a pursuit while allegedly behind the wheel of Bartek’s vehicle, which was taken after the officer was shot on New Year’s Eve last year.

Dashcam video of the chase from the Richmond Heights Police Department shows Butler being taken into custody after crashing the vehicle into a fence.

Officer Bartek, 25, who was laid to rest last back in January, was shot in the parking lot of an apartment complex in the 4300 block of Rocky River Drive around 6 p.m. on Dec. 31.

“Detectives reviewed video surveillance footage, which showed Bartek being ambushed and robbed by an armed subject,” according to a criminal complaint in the case.

Officer Bartek was a two-year veteran with the Cleveland Police Department.

The alleged murder suspect in Bartek's death -- 18-year-old Tamara McLoyd – is facing multiple charges. Her trial is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. on Monday, July 25.


Editor's note: Video in the player above was originally published in a previous story regarding officer Bartek's funeral on Jan. 11, 2022.

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