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Officer shot in Willowick, expected to recover; suspect taken to hospital after police return fire

The officer has also reportedly been taken to the hospital for evaluation.
Credit: Kelly Matter, 3News

WILLOWICK, Ohio — One police officer has been taken to the Cleveland Clinic's Hillcrest Hospital following a car chase in Willowick on Friday. 

According to Police Chief Brian Turner, an unknown officer was shot, but is expected to recover after being hit in his bulletproof vest. 

The suspect was also shot after officers returned fire and was taken to Lake West Hospital before being life-flighted to MetroHealth Medical Center in an unknown condition. 

Turner says that the incident started after Eastlake dispatch received calls of an "erratic driver, possibly impaired." The suspect and vehicle were located in Willowick and took off, hitting another car at the intersection of Bayridge Boulevard and Willowick Drive.

After coming to a stop on Daniel Drive, officials say the suspect pulled out a handgun and began firing at officers.

3News arrived on scene around 6:45 p.m. on Friday and found heavy police presence, including officers from Eastlake and Willoughby as well as Willowick. 

The matter remains under investigation. Please stay with 3News for updates on this developing story.