Police shooting of man with gun in boot deemed justified

CLEVELAND (AP) — A prosecutor says two Cleveland park rangers were justified in fatally shooting an arrested man who fired at one of them with a gun he had stashed in his boot.

Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Prosecutor Timothy McGinty said Monday that Cleveland Metroparks rangers Chelsea McLellan and Kyle Schultz would not be charged for shooting 33-year-old Derek Stokes at the city’s Justice Center Complex in December.

Investigators say McLellan was taking Stokes in for booking. They say Stokes managed to conceal a gun inside his boot before he was arrested and put in a police cruiser.

Authorities say Stokes aimed the gun at McLellan’s head inside the car. They say she slammed the brakes, throwing off his aim, and she was shot in her bulletproof vest.

Authorities say she and Schultz then fired, hitting Stokes three times.