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Mon., 3:46pm: Wounded officers `doing well’ after Middlefield gun battle

March 11, 2013
Tribune Chronicle |

MIDDLEFIELD -- Two officers injured Sunday night when a man they pulled over for a traffic stop shot at them are ``doing well'' according to the Middlefield Police Department.

The officers pulled over the lone male near North State Avenue and Tare Creek around 6 p.m. According to the department, the man initiated the shooting, attempting to kill the officers with a semi-automatic rifle (AK-47) as he exited the vehicle. He died from gunshot wounds at the scene after officers returned fire.

The female officer sustained serious gunshot injuries to her left-hand fingers. Shrapnel was embedded in her right wrist and she received a gunshot wound to her left thigh. She was transported by helicopter to Metro Hospital in Cleveland where she underwent surgery and remained hospitalized overnight for observation.

The male officer sustained minor injuries to his left knee from flying fragments. He was treated and released from University Hospital in Geauga and is at home recovering.

The investigation is being conducted by the Geauga County Sheriff's Office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation.



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