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Officers attempted to negotiate, fired 53 rounds in deadly standoff

Published: Jul. 21, 2021 at 1:55 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 21, 2021 at 5:20 PM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - During a Toledo police press conference on Wednesday, Chief George Kral addressed a deadly standoff that ended in police shooting and killing a 50-year-old man early Monday morning. The press conference included dash and body camera footage of the chase and standoff, and included footage of the moment officers opened fire, killing Michael Clifton.

In the graphic bodyworn camera video, you can hear a Toledo police sergeant attempt to talk Clifton down while he is holding a handgun to his head, surrounded by officers from Toledo police and Michigan State Police. During the video, Clifton makes several motions, including leveling the gun away from officers and indicating that he might turn it toward the officers. A few moments later, Clifton is seen stepping toward the officers. Though barely audible on the video, Kral says Clifton told the officers that he felt sorry for which of them would have to shoot him before moving the gun again, at which point officers opened fire.

According to Chief Kral, seven officers fired 53 total rounds. Four Toledo police officers fired 32 rounds from their handguns, one TPD officer fired two rounds from a shotgun, one Michigan State Police officer fired four rounds from a handgun, and one MSP officer fired 15 rounds from a rifle. Officers immediately called for medical assistance but Clifton died of his injuries.

No police officers were injured in the shooting.

A family friend of Clifton’s says he was suffering from mental illness.

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