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Shots Fired From Behind at Cleveland Police as They Chase Suspect on Foot

Dozens of people gathered nearby Sunday as police investigated, and they yelled angrily at officers.

Shots were fired from behind Sunday at Cleveland police officers after a call about six men waving guns near the site of 12-year-old Tamir Rice's fatal shooting by police last fall, the Associated Press reported.

When police arrived and began questioning a man at the scene, Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams said the suspect fled — and also pointed a gun at cops.

One officer fired four rounds at the man without hitting him, and the suspect continued running, the AP said.

Then unidentified people began firing at police from behind as officers chased after the man — he was caught a few blocks away.

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Dozens of people gathered nearby Sunday as police investigated, and they yelled angrily at officers. The crowd's anger eventually eased. The anger appeared to have been triggered by unsubstantiated rumors of police wrongdoing, Williams said.

"Rumors like this get going and then people get upset because they think police are trying to cover up something, which is not the case," he said.

Police found the handgun they believe the man pointed at officers and apparently threw through a window into a vacant house, Williams said.

Police spokesman Ali Pillow said the department's use of deadly force investigation team will look into the shooting, and he expects that the officer who fired his weapon and the two officers who were shot at by unknown suspects will be placed on administrative leave. He had no additional information on the injured man's identity or age.

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