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Police: Cleveland officers fatally shoot armed suspect downtown

Union President Jeff Follmer tells 3News the man fired about two dozen bullets before police shot him.

CLEVELAND — 3News has confirmed a suspect is dead after being shot by Cleveland police officers downtown Sunday afternoon.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Jeff Follmer says the male suspect was "randomly shooting" his own weapon near the intersection of East 12th Street and Superior Avenue when two officers arrived and told him to drop the gun. He apparently put it down only to pick it back up, causing the cops to open fire.

The suspect fired about two dozen shots total, officials said, while it is not known how many bullets police fired. The man, identified as 39-year-old Patrick Horton of Cleveland, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities say there are currently "82 pieces of evidence."

Police Chief Calvin D. Williams gave an update on the situation earlier:

Per department protocol, both officers involved will be placed on desk duty while the investigation into the matter takes place. The Cleveland Division of Police has not released their names either at this time.

The incident occurred around 3:30 p.m. not far from FirstEnergy Stadium, where the Browns were playing the Ravens. Authorities say multiple roads around the area have been blocked off it is causing traffic issues for fans leaving the game.

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