MEDINA TWP. — A Lorain man with a woman and three children in his van was shot and killed by police after a pursuit along Interstate 71 in Medina County early Tuesday.
Roy Evans Jr.’s identity was confirmed Tuesday evening by Medina County Coroner Dr. Lisa Deranek after a Strongsville police officer shot and killed Evans.
The early morning pursuit resulted in part of I-71 southbound being closed for several hours.
Strongsville Police Chief Mark Fender asked the Ohio Attorney General’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation to aid in the shooting investigation, BCI spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said Tuesday. Police and BCI declined to comment on what provoked the officer to fire.
The Strongsville officer attempted to stop a van driven by Evans about 2:30 a.m. on Pearl Road for an alleged traffic violation, according to Del Greco.
“The suspect did not comply, and the officer engaged in a pursuit,” she said.
The pursuit ended in the southbound lane of I-71 at mile marker 220 in Medina Township. The officer fired a single shot that killed Evans, 37, who was pronounced dead at the scene.
“The other people in the vehicle were unharmed,” Del Greco said. “No officers were hurt, but two Strongsville PD cruisers were damaged.”
The Ohio Highway Patrol also was involved in the chase. “Medina Township police arrived later, from what I understand,” Del Greco said.
Deranek said Evans’ body was transported to Cuyahoga County.
In 2014, Evans Jr. pleaded guilty in Lorain County Common Pleas Court to felonious assault after stabbing a man 14 times during a New Year’s Eve fight. Evans served two years in prison and was released Sept. 28. An additional charge of attempted murder in the incident was dropped by prosecutors in exchange for his plea.
Attempts by The Gazette to contact family members online and at addresses listed for Evans were unsuccessful.
An outside agency such as the BCI is typically tasked with investigating police shootings in Ohio. “We do a lot of these,” Del Greco said.
The investigation typically takes months, and no additional information is released until it is completed, including whether the officer will be placed on leave during the process. Strongsville police referred questions to the BCI office.
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