Officer Chris Clites was shot in the head and killed as he and his partner attempted to stop fleeing robbery suspects.
In the early morning hours of December 10th, Officer Clites and his partner responded to a call for assistance from another officer who had reported suspects fleeing on foot from a routine traffic stop in a high crime area.
Officer Clites had joined two other officers in searching for the suspects when he was confronted by one of the armed perpetrators. He shot the suspect once in the lower chest and the suspect fell to his knees but was able to return fire first, striking Officer Clites in the right elbow causing him to drop his duty pistol. As Officer Clites bent over to retrieve his pistol he was struck in the face by the suspects last gun shot. Officer Clites died later that day at The Ohio State University Medical Center with his family by his side.
As a fellow officer attempted to locate Officer Clites, he heard Officer Clites give voice commands and then gun shots. As the fellow officer cornered a building he witnessed officer Clites fall from the last gunshot. The suspect then attempted to pick up Officer Clites duty pistol but the officer fired at the suspect who was shot several times and died at the scene.
It was later discovered that the fleeing individuals had been on a crime spree including home invasion robberies, robbing a convenience store and numerous individuals on the street. The suspects had extensive criminal histories and were driving a stolen vehicle.
After his death vandals defaced his grave on several occasions.
Officer Clites had served with the agency for three and a half years. He was survived by his wife.