Officer Michael Brelo was one of 13 officers who shot at Timothy Russell and his passenger, Malissa Williams, during a chase through the Cleveland area on Nov. 29, 2012. Police officers fired 137 rounds at the car, prosecutors have said, including 49 by Officer Brelo.
Officer Brelo climbed onto the car’s hood and fired at least 15 rounds from close range, including the fatal shots.
Officer Brelo opted for a bench trial before Judge John P. O’Donnell of the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Defense attorneys said their client had feared for his life and believed gunfire was coming from Mr. Russell’s car. No gun was recovered.
Malissa Williams and Timothy Russell were unarmed.
The DOJ has announced that they will review the Brelo case.