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PARMA, Ohio — A man died in a shootout with Parma and Parma Heights police after a traffic stop Wednesday, police said.
The 29-year-old man was shot just before 5:30 p.m. as he exchanged gunfire with a Parma police officer and a Parma Heights detective following a random traffic stop near the intersection of Stumph and Huffman roads, Parma police said.
Paramedics took the man to University Hospitals where he was pronounced dead, police said.
Authorities are withholding the man’s name until relatives are notified.
Investigators said the detective stopped to help the officer when he heard the traffic stop.
The officer initiated the traffic stop by random, officials said. The license plate on the Chevrolet Impala did not belong to that car, police said.
The officer asked the driver to get out of his car. As the man got out of the car, the detective noticed a black handgun and two magazines sticking out of the man’s waistband, officials said.
The officer tried to wrap his arms around the man but was unsuccessful. The man fired one shot and hit the detective in the knee and thigh area, police said.
The detective and the officer both returned fire, striking the man. It’s unknown how many bullets struck the man or which officer fired the fatal shot.
Investigators took the gun as evidence.
Officials said the Parma officer has been with the force for six years. The detective has been with Parma Heights police for four years. But Parma and Parma Heights police did not identify either officer involved in the shooting by name. It’s unclear whether they’re return to duty, or if they’ll be remanded to desk duty during an internal investigation.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting.
Correction: Parma police initially misidentified the man killed in the shootout as a Berea resident. This story has been updated.
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