A 25-year-old Cleveland man has been sentenced to nearly 16 years in federal prison for a carjacking in Euclid in which he fired his shotgun.

Cody Coats was found guilty of carjacking and discharging a firearm during a crime of violence. He used a short-barreled shotgun to steal an 2005 Chrysler Crossfire outside a Euclid bar on August 14, 2017. After a police chase, Coats crashed the vehicle on East 222nd street near Lakeshore Blvd and was arrested.

The case was jointly investigated by the Euclid Police Department and the ATF.

“We are pleased that the U.S. Attorney’s Office adopted this case,” Euclid Police Chief Scott Meyer said in a statement. “The officers and detectives of the Euclid Police Department did an outstanding job with the apprehension and investigation. We must all work together to send the message that violent crime will not be tolerated in our communities.”

“The defendant earned this sentence when he fired a shotgun while carjacking the victim,” U.S. Attorney Justin E. Herdman added. “Those who use firearms to commit crimes put us all at risk. The Euclid Police Department and ATF did a tremendous job bringing this person to justice.”