Officers interviewed in deadly Ohio shooting

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- Authorities say they will begin interviewing the 13 Cleveland police officers who fired 137 bullets at a car last week, killing the two occupants after a high-speed chase.

East Cleveland Sgt. Scott Gardner said the officers have been on paid leave since the shooting Thursday night that they say began when someone in the car fired a shot downtown.

The car sped away, and officers gave chase. It ended five miles later when the car rammed a police cruiser and the 43-year-old man and 30-year-old woman died in a hail of gunfire.

Police said no gun or shell casings were found in the car. The Plain Dealer (http://bit.ly/11pLiD4 ) reports that police have defended the use deadly force because the driver rammed the police car and nearly hit an officer.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com