TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Two men believed to be involved in several violent crimes were shot and injured by Toledo Police officers Wednesday night. They were involved in a shoot out with officers.
Police chief George Kral briefed reporters Thursday and said detectives from Toledo Police’s Special Intelligence Section were following three suspects in a car while conducting surveillance related to recent gun violence. When the officers pulled the car over and approached the vehicle, two suspects allegedly fired at the officers. Chief Kral said "they had no regard for the safety of anyone in Toledo."
One veteran detective and one veteran detective sergeant returned fire. Both officers were unharmed in the shooting that took place about 7:30pm outside the Monroe Carryout, 2829 Monroe Street. Two suspects were hit.
They are identified as Richard Morris, 26, and Jayvon Wynee, 22. Authorities said both men are being treated for non life-threatening injuries. They have been charged with felonious assault on a police officer. Federal charges remain possible.
A third individual was also taken into custody without injury. The third suspect was identified as Phillip Overton. He is accused of improperly handling a firearm in a motor vehicle.
Chief Kral said it is believed the three suspects are gang members but declined to elaborate with details citing the ongoing investigation. He added the suspects were believed to have been involved in multiple shootings. The chief sternly warned criminals against gun violence. He promised to move Heaven and Earth to bring criminals to justice adding "don't bring guns onto my streets."
Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson joined Kral at the news conference and thanks police officers by saying that "this has been a serious time in our community. It's about all of our citizens being safe."