Parma Police Gives Details On Shelter In Place Order On Velma Avenue

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PARMA – Parma Police issued a shelter in place order on Wednesday night after a suspect called Cleveland Police Dispatch of his intention to commit suicide by cop. Jonathan Crago, 38, who was a homicide suspect was spotted driving a 2007 green Ford Escape. He was suspected of killing two women in Lowellville, Ohio in Youngstown area.

At approximately 9:24 p.m. on Wednesday, Parma Police Officers located the suspect vehicle driving northbound on Ridge Rd. near Brownfield Dr. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle in the 5500 block of Ridge Rd. but the driver turned around and fled southbound on Ridge Rd. The male fled through side streets and Veteran’s Memorial Park to State Rd. before continuing to flee southbound on State Rd. to Pleasant Valley Rd. eastbound. Crago continued to Broadview Rd. northbound where officers were able to successfully spike strip the vehicle at Broadview and Snow Roads. The vehicle continued on driving eastbound through side streets into Brooklyn Hts. where he struck a Brooklyn Hts. Police cruiser before turning back into Parma. 

The Ohio State Highway Patrol took over the pursuit which continued westbound on Tuxedo Ave. to W. 54th St. Crago turned onto W. 54th northbound before quickly turning westbound onto Velma Ave. where he eventually stopped in the 6300 block. At this time, he called  Cleveland Police Dispatch and informed them of his intent to commit suicide by cop. Due to the nature of the incident a shelter in place order was given via Code Red to residents in the area. 

Eventually a tactical team was able to confirm that Crago sustained a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. 

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