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How often are police using deadly force?

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

On Tuesday night, Cleveland Police shot and wounded Roy Rudisil at West 97th Street and Lorain Avenue - the second police shooting in weeks.

So we wondered about how often police are using deadly force. The result is a lot less than you might think.

Through September, Cleveland Police shootings have gone down compared to last year - 12 compared to 17 such incidents in 2011. Of these shootings, two were deadly in 2012 compared to five at this point in 2011.

In the latest incident, police said he challenged officers to a gunfight, even though he only had a wrench in his pocket.

In March, police shot and killed Kenny Smith downtown. The case is still under investigation.

When asked why police shootings are down, the chief's office said it's up to the officer's reaction.

"In other words cops will tell you do simply what you're told you won't get shot."

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