Attorney General Mike DeWine says no weapon was found in the car or along the chase route of a deadly police pursuit and shooting last November.

DeWine says gunshot residue found inside the suspects’ car was inconclusive and all casings and rounds found inside the car matched those from officers’ weapons involved in the shooting.

DeWine released the results of his office’s investigation at a news conference at the BCI office in Richfield this morning.

Timothy Russell and Malissa Williams died in the Nov. 29 shooting in which 137 bullets were fired at their car. Investigators determined the shots were fired in two bursts that lasted a total of 17.8 seconds.

DeWine says his investigators found that of the 13 officers who fired shots that night each stated they felt they had no other choice and believed both they and their fellow officers’ lives were in imminent danger. Other officers involved in the chase that did not fire their weapons told investigators they also believed deadly force was necessary.

DeWine’s narrative of events pieced together by investigators describes a scene in which officers believed the suspects were armed based on earlier radio traffic transmissions. Officers also told investigators they thought they observed Russell and Williams reaching for something or pointing something at officers from inside the car.

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