An officer is heard on a dashcam video yelling, “Let me see your hands. Let me see your hands,” just before a fatal shooting on Interstate 71 in Medina County last week.
The Ohio Highway Patrol released video from two dashboard cameras Wednesday of the 14-minute police chase March 8 that ended in the death of Roy Evans Jr., 37, of Lorain, by a Strongsville officer.
After the shooting, a woman is heard pleading, “Oh my God. Please, Jesus. Please don’t let him die.”
A Strongsville police report released after the shooting refers to Evans “reaching around down below, lighting a cigarette” one minute before the shooting at 2:40 a.m.
Investigators in the state attorney general’s office have said no weapon was found in the vehicle Evans was driving.
They are studying whether Evans’ vehicle itself was used as a weapon against two Strongsville patrol cars damaged in the incident.
Investigators are also awaiting final autopsy and toxicology reports from the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office before releasing additional information.
The chase began at 2:26 a.m. March 8 when police tried to stop a “club wagon red” vehicle in the northbound lane of I-71 for a traffic violation. The chase reached speeds of up to 100 mph and ended shortly after the vehicle driven by Evans ran over road spikes set up by the patrol just past the state Route 3 exit on I-71.
Investigators said a woman and three children in the vehicle and were unharmed.
In one of the videos released Wednesday, a woman asks that her children be brought to her.
“Can someone bring me my babies?” she says.
Later, she says, “I told him to pull over.”
In another video, officers discuss bringing the children to their mother in a patrol vehicle.
One of the children is heard crying, “I want my mommy. I want my mommy.”
The clarity of the videos is affected by flashing lights and the early morning darkness.
The identity of the officer who shot Evans has not been released.
In 2014, Evans 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 in exchange for his plea.
Contact reporter Marina Malenic at (330) 721-4063 or firstname.lastname@example.org.