Police officer shoots and kills man at Corner Alley bowling alley in Cleveland’s University Circle

CLEVELAND, Ohio — An off-duty police officer shot and killed a man late Saturday at the Corner Alley bowling alley in Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, according to Commander James McPike, who oversees the department homicide unit.

The shooting happened about 11 p.m. Saturday at the bowling alley on Euclid Avenue and Ford Drive, according to three police sources. Homicide investigators are at the scene.

Cleveland police officials have not said what led up to the shooting, but two sources said the 21-year-old man was attacking the officer, who was working part-time security at the bowling alley. 

The officer also suffered injuries and was taken to a hospital for treatment, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said. It is unclear if anyone else was injured.  

A witness said he heard two gunshots outside the bowling alley. 

Cleveland, University Circle and Case Western police officers surrounded the area following the shooting.

Crime scene investigators marked evidence, including at least one bullet casing, just steps outside the front door of the popular nightspot. Officials have given no indication whether the incident started indoors or outdoors.

A video taken by a witness and reviewed by cleveland.com showed what appears to be an officer, surrounded by several bar employees, trying to give emergency medical treatment to the man. 

Officers and detectives are inside the bowling alley interviewing witnesses. Several other witnesses were ordered to remain at the scene until they could be interviewed.  

Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams showed up to the scene, and left after refusing to answer questions from a reporter.