The suspect in this morning’s robbery at the CVS store at 30791 Detroit Road in Westlake is dead.
Police have released the following:
At 9:31AM this date, the CVS store at 30791 Detroit Rd. was robbed. The white male suspect fled in a white Mazda and crashed at the intersection of Crocker and Detroit Rds. Shots were fired and the suspect was taken to St. John Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Officers at the scene made life-saving efforts to include CPR, an AED, and tourniquet application.
2 officers fired their weapons. They are both males and uninjured: 38 yoa with 13 years experience, and 28 yoa with 3 years experience. A weapon that is either a firearm or a very realistic-looking replica was recovered at the scene. A third officer’s cruiser was struck by the suspect’s vehicle during the incident; that officer was also uninjured.
Westlake officers and federal agents are investigating whether the deceased Devan DESNOYERS/01-06-90 is the same suspect involved with a string of serial CVS drugstore robberies in the NE OH area (Lakewood, Cleveland, and Olmsted Township) in the last 3 weeks. Opioids were taken in those robberies; the suspect passed a note that stated he had a gun in each instance. The Westshore Enforcement Bureau Narcotics Task Force collated that suspect/M.O. information and distributed it to area police departments.
BCI and I is on scene to handle the crime scene investigation. The officers involved will be placed on administrative leave, as is customary in an officer-involved shooting. All indications are that the officers’ use of force was appropriate.
North Olmsted, OSHP, and Bay Village PDs provided mutual aid officers to assist in securing the scene.