Police say a man that an officer fired shots at during a confrontation Sunday morning has an “extensive criminal history” that includes past charges of murder and other crimes.
Authorities still are searching for Carl Hampton Jr., 36, of Cleveland Heights, who managed to elude police after he reportedly rammed a patrol car in the intersection Monticello Boulevard and South Green Road at about 3 a.m. Police say Hampton, who as found passed out in the vehicle, was armed with a firearm and ignored officer’s orders.
Hampton reportedly is on parole but is wanted on warrants for obstructing official business and receiving stolen property. South Euclid police say Hampton Jr. also has faced previous charges of murder, involuntary manslaughter, felonious assault, aggravated assault, and multiple drug- and weapons-related charges.
The car Hampton drove Sunday was later found abandoned in Cleveland Heights. It’s unknown if Hampton was wounded by the shots fired by the officer.
Hampton, who is 6 feet tall and weighs about 185 pounds, is considered armed and dangerous, police say. Anyone with information can contact police at 216-381-1234.
The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is investigating the shooting by the officer, police say.
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