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ME identifies man killed in officer-involved shooting

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Sunnywood Drive, Solon Sunnywood Drive, Solon
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Kevin M. Bailey (Source: Wood County Sheriff Department) Kevin M. Bailey (Source: Wood County Sheriff Department)

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner has released the name of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting in Solon.

Kevin M. Bailey, 22, was killed in a deadly shooting that followed a chase late Sunday night.

Police say officers stopped a car on Bainbridge Road at Sharondale Drive at 9:45 p.m., but Bailey fled.

The Sylvania Township man turned onto Sunnywood Drive where he crashed.

Before the police officers could exit their cruisers, they came under immediate gunfire from Bailey, who shot rounds through both police cars.  One officer took rounds to both the chest and left arm, but was wearing a bullet proof vest. 

Bailey, who was shot four times, succumbed to return fire and was pronounced dead at the scene. The ME says he was hit in the head, torso and extremities.

Both involved officers were treated and released from the Cleveland Clinic Twinsburg Emergency Department early Sunday morning. They have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is under review. 

The incident is currently under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

Mayor Susan A. Drucker expressed her concerns.

"While a lost life is always tragic, and our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of the party involved, I am at the least very happy that both of our officers were able to be released from the hospital home to their families this morning," Mayor Drucker said. "The welfare of all City employees is paramount to me, and I would like to publicly express my concern and support for the well-being of the officers."

"We are working very closely with BCI and the Medical Examiner," said Chief Christopher P. Viland, "We expect a full and complete investigation and await what we feel will be positive results.  We will also be in the process of providing appropriate counseling for all involved employees.  This is one of those events that no one thinks will ever happen in the suburbs.  It is what we train for but hope won't come to pass." 

Chief Viland also expressed his condolences for the family of the other party involved.   

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