Police video shows arrest after murder of Cleveland officer on leave

CLEVELAND (WJW) – Video shown on FOX 8 I-Team shows the pursuit and arrest of a man police say he caught in the car of a Cleveland officer who had been hijacked and murdered.

Richmond Heights Police video shows a car traveling at speeds of up to 90 miles per hour until the driver crashes into a tree and fence. And, you see officers circling the car at gunpoint, not knowing if a killer or others were inside.

In the video you see an officer from Richmond Heights yelling, “Show me your hands. Not moving. You will be shot. You will be shot.

The encounter came hours after Cleveland Officer Shane Bartek was hijacked and gunned down outside of his duty hours. It took place on Rocky River Drive in Cleveland.

Police later spotted the officer’s car in the eastern suburbs. Dash camera video shows this car driving past an officer in Richmond Heights.

The driver of that stolen car drove off and it looked like he was going to disappear. But, the Richmond Hts. The patroller continued in pursuit of Euclid. Eventually, he followed this car behind an apartment complex.

Police said the suspect could not open the door to exit. And, you hear him say to the officers, “It’s just me, my brother. I don’t have a gun. Are you going to shoot me?

Euclid’s police rushed there to help make the arrest.

Euclid’s police photos show how the car got stuck under a tree and in the fence. And, the photos show the broken windows.

Richmond Heights Police said they had to smash windows to unlock the doors and get the driver out.

You hear an officer say, “Break it. Unlock it. And, you hear banging on the glass.

Inside, the suspect said, “Why are you shooting at the car?” An officer replies, “We are not shooting at the car. “

The suspect then said: “No guns in the car. And I can’t do anything.

Richmond Heights Police arrested Anthony Butler Jr. They charged him with receiving stolen property and more. And, on Saturday, a judge ordered his detention on $ 5,000,000 bail.

In the wee hours of Saturday morning, investigators tracked down an 18-year-old woman suspected of committing the carjacking and deadly shooting.

Police have laid a charge of aggravated murder against Tamara McLoyd.

The I-Team has also discovered that she has been wanted since November for robbing a pizzeria. This court complaint indicates that the police filmed her there with a gun.

Cleveland Police Union President Jeff Follmer spoke about Constable Bartek.

“This young man has just dedicated himself to the city of Cleveland,” Follmer said. “I want to make sure everyone understands this.”

Follmer also said he saw the suspect locked up quickly.

“It’s going to be a team effort because once something like that… it affects everyone all over town, all over the county, all over the state of Ohio,” Follmer said.

Meanwhile, Richmond Heights Police Chief Thomas Wetzel released a statement saying, in part, “The Richmond Hts. The police officers involved showed great bravery and put their lives in danger to apprehend the driver. “

This video also shows that the suspect in the officer’s car knew he could no longer run.

You hear him say, “I know I’m going to jail, man. I know I’m going to jail.

Tamara McLoyd is scheduled to appear before a Cleveland judge for the first time on Monday morning.

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