October 26, 2014

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Suspect in Jason West shooting indicted

CLEVELAND — The man held as the suspect in the shooting death of a police officer on a suburban neighborhood street was indicted Friday in that killing.
Police said Timothy Halton Jr., 27, fired shots from a car, got out and shot the Cleveland Heights police officer again, then broke into a nearby house before he was arrested.
The officer, Jason West, 31, went to the neighborhood on May 25 to help quell a fight that had broken out and was shot in the face as he got out of his police cruiser.
A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Halton on three counts of aggravated murder, with death penalty specifications, Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason said. The three separate charges were warranted because a firearm was used in the killing.
Halton was also charged with tampering with evidence, having weapon while under disability and burglary.
Mason said he expects Halton, who has a history of mental problems requiring medications, to be arraigned Wednesday.
“We expect that there may be an insanity defense, but we feel that Halton was well aware of what he was doing,” Mason said.