Cleveland Officer Shot on City's West Side Thursday Morning; Suspect Shot and Killed

Photo: Anthony Sauto, the police officer shot.

A Cleveland police officer was shot early Thursday morning after a suspect opened fire on Tompkins Avenue. According to authorities, the officer shot is Anthony Sauto and his gunshot wound is not life threatening.

Sauto responded to a report of a suspicious car at West 83rd Street and Lorain Avenue. Upon approaching the car, the suspect fired his weapon and shot the officer in the leg. The suspect is then said to have shot at officers pursing him in a chase. The suspect was subsequently shot and killed.

According to police, the suspect was using a high powered rifle, possibly a tech-9.

Sauto is a 9-year veteran of the Cleveland police force. He was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center where he was treated and released.

No information about the suspect has been released, and the case is currently under investigation.


Julie wrote, "the suspect was using a high powered rifle, possibly a tech-9."

First, Tech-9 is a racing team, not a firearm. You probably meant TEC-9 (all caps).

Second, the TEC-9 is neither a rifle nor high powered. The TEC-9 is a semi-auto 9 mm pistol. Its capabilities are the same as any semi-auto 9 mm pistol made by Glock, Beretta, Walther, Taurus, or Smith & Wesson; they all fire the same cartridge and therefore have the same power, they are all semi-auto (one shot per trigger pull) and have the same rate of fire, they all accept any size of detachable magazine. The TEC-9 simply looks scarier. Any standard center-fire rifle is vastly more powerful than a 9 mm pistol.

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