NORTH RIDGEVILLE, Ohio (WJW) — A wanted man is dead after a police-involved shooting in North Ridgeville on Wednesday.

Police sources told the FOX 8 I-Team that the shooting involved a man wanted on a homicide warrant out of Tennessee.

Jason Norris, 41, was accused of killing his girlfriend in White County, Tennessee, then stealing her SUV early Tuesday morning.

A license plate reader in North Ridgeville spotted the vehicle and Tennessee authorities notified the local police, also letting them know that Norris was considered armed and dangerous.

Officers tracked the SUV to a home along James Road, where authorities said Norris’ grandmother and cousin lived. They told authorities they were unaware of the alleged homicide, and that Norris had told them he had gotten into a fight with his girlfriend and needed space.

As police were setting up around the home at about 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Norris and another man came out of the home, according to North Ridgeville Police Chief Mike Freeman.

“Officers gave commands and there was an exchange of gunfire,” he said.

Two local police officers each fired a single shot, one of which struck Norris in the upper torso, Freeman said. The officers were not struck in the shootout.

Norris was taken to a hospital and later declared dead.

His grandmother,  Ethel Cantley, told FOX 8 that her grandson had just been there a short time, only 15 minutes, and she had no idea about the horrific allegations against him.

“All he told me is, he came, he just got out of prison and he came to see me and he loved me and he walked out the door and they shot him,” said Cantley.

Cantley says she cannot even think about what happened in front of her home. However, she also says she was unaware that her grandson, killed by police, was wanted in connection with a homicide in Tennessee.

“I called his brother in Tennessee and he told me that Jason had shot his girlfriend and that was her car that he came up here in,” said Cantley.

Police do not expect Norris’s grandmother to be charged.

Steve Irwin, press secretary for the Office of Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, told the I-Team that the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Crime Scene Unit and Special Investigations Unit responded to the scene.

The two officers were placed on administrative leave, which is standard procedure in police-involved shootings, Freeman said.


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