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Ohio patrolman acquitted in two deaths amid 137-shot barrage

Ohio patrolman acquitted in two deaths amid 137-shot barrage
Cleveland Police Officer Michael Brelo listens to opening arguments in his manslaughter trial. (Tony Dejak / Pool Photo)

A Cleveland police officer has been found not guilty in the shooting deaths of two unarmed suspects in a 137-shot barrage of police gunfire after a high-speed chase.

The judge's verdict Saturday for 31-year-old Michael Brelo comes after a four-week bench trial on two counts of voluntary manslaughter in the deaths of Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams on Nov. 29, 2012.

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Thirteen officers fired at the suspects' car that night in a school parking lot. Yet only Brelo was charged criminally.

Prosecutors said he waited until the vehicle had stopped and the occupants were no longer a threat to step onto the hood and fire 15 rounds into the windshield.

Brelo could have faced 22 years in prison if convicted on both counts.

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