Created on Tuesday, 04 December 2012 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
CLEVELAND (AP) — The medical examiner says a woman killed in a chase that ended with Cleveland police firing a barrage of 137 rounds was shot 24 times.
The findings on 30-year-old Malissa Williams were released Tuesday by spokesman Powell Caesar. Official findings are pending on the other person killed in Thursday night's chase, 43-year-old driver Timothy Russell.
No weapon or shell casings were found in their vehicle.
Family members say firing that many shots was unjustified. They asked for a federal investigation.
Officers say the driver rammed a patrol car and nearly hit an officer, so force was necessary.
Investigators from the Ohio attorney general's office and the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County sheriff's department have joined the investigation.
The chase began when an officer heard a gunshot near police headquarters in downtown Cleveland.