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Massive police chase: We now know how many officers were involved

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CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

We can now answer one of the biggest mysteries of a massive Cleveland police chase that ended with officers firing 137 shots and killing two people. How many officers took part?

The chief tells 19 Action News at least 61 officers were involved and they were in at least 51 police cars. He says those numbers could change as multiple investigations move forward.

Last November, the Cleveland officers chased Timothy Russell into east Cleveland after an officer said he heard a shot from a car. Police ended up killing Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams. The chase went on for nearly 25 minutes.

Two weeks ago, the chief told a city council committee he still didn't know how many officers were involved. 19 Action News caught up with the chief at city hall, and at first he again said he didn't know--saying that in part because agents from the state Bureau of Criminal Investigation are looking into the shooting.

"But BCI is conducting their interviews so there may be additional people I'm not aware of, so I can't give you a specific number. I know it's in excess of 61 officers. I do know that," said Michael McGrath.

Cleveland police bosses are looking into only the chase.

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