Tuesday, 07 March 2017 11:31

Shooting, Crash Closes 71 In Medina County

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Not many details are available just yet, but traffic was tied up and I-71 South closed at State Route 3 in Medina County for roughly four hours early Tuesday morning. 

According to multiple police reports, a chase began in Strongsville after a white passenger van didn't pull over along Pearl Road when instructed to around 2:30 a.m. A chase lead police to I-71 where a Strongsville Police Officer reportedly opened fire, hitting the suspect who was driving, and then causing the subsequent crash at 71-South and SR 3 near I-271. 

Multiple police units from surrounding cities and counties replied, including Medina City Police, Medina County Sheriff's Office, and Strongsville Police. Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation has since taken over the investigation. 

BCI has reported that in addition to the suspect, who was driving the van and was killed at the scene, a woman and three children were also in the van. It is not known the relation between the suspect and the others, nor have their ages been released. 

WAKR.net has made a call to Ohio BCI. 

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