CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland police officer was shot early Tuesday during an hours-long SWAT standoff downtown, police said.
The officer was shot in the leg and his injuries are minor, police said. He was treated and released from MetroHealth.
The standoff began about 1:30 a.m. on St. Clair Avenue and East 23rd Street, police said.
Two armed men refused to exit their car outside Magic City strip club, according to police. A SWAT tank rammed the car at one point and shots were fired, police said.
Dozens of Cleveland, Cleveland State and RTA police, along with Cuyahoga County Sheriff Deputies swarmed the area for hours.
Cleveland police and Cuyahoga County Sheriff SWAT tanks are still at the scene. One is still up against a white Buick that the tank rammed during the standoff.
The Buick has several windows smashed out and there is blood on the sidewalk next to the car. There is also a remote-controlled SWAT camera next to the car.
Detectives have marked more than 60 pieces of evidence at the scene. The officers are also searching the car involved in the standoff.
Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams and Deputy Chief Wayne Drummond are at the scene, along with Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association President Steve Loomis.
Police have not said what caused the standoff.
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