Prosecutor: Metroparks rangers justified in shooting man

CLEVELAND (AP) — A prosecutor has cleared two Cleveland Metroparks rangers who fatally shot a man at the city’s Justice Center Complex in December.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said Monday that rangers Chelsea McLellan and Kyle Schultz were justified in shooting 33-year-old Derek Stokes.

Investigators say McLellan was taking Stokes in for booking when the gunfire broke out in an underground garage. An investigative report says Stokes managed to conceal a gun inside his boot before he was arrested and put in a police cruiser.

During the ride, authorities say Stokes aimed the gun at McLellan’s head but she slammed the brakes, throwing off his aim. She was shot in her bulletproof vest. Schultz was following behind.

Authorities say the rangers fired 47 shots at Stokes, hitting him three times.