Roy Dale Evans Jr. was shot and killed by a police officer on March 14 in front of his girlfriend, Amanda Pauley, and their three children in Medina Township, Ohio (video below).
A press release said the officers tried to pull over a vehicle in Strongsville at 2:26 a.m, but the vehicle kept going, and a chase ensued on Interstate 71, notes WJW.
Pauley told the news station that she, Evans and the children were driving home in the van after a carpeting job.
Pauley said Evans was an ex-convict, and did not have a driver's license. Pauley recalled that she urged Evans to pull over, but he refused to because he didn't want to go back to jail.
During the chase, Pauley called Evans' parents, who urged their son to pull over, but he refused to.
The van crashed after the police used stop sticks, according to Pauley.
That's when a state trooper's dashcam video picks up the action.
Evans' van is turned sideways as he backs up, and then pulls forward, but is blocked by a police car.
Two officers come running up to the van with their guns pulled. A single shot is heard, and then a state trooper walks up.
Evans is pulled out of the van, and dropped on the concrete.
A boy, apparently Evans' son, repeatedly shouts, "That's my dad!" at the police. One of the cops repeatedly tells the boy not to look; the officers attempt to perform CPR on Evans.
"Our car spun out, and a police car hit one side, then a police car hit the other side, then we came to a stop," Pauley told WJW. "And then a cop came up and opened the door and just shot him. They just shot him in the chest, they just shot him ... They didn't say anything, they just shot him, two times in the chest."
Cleveland.com reports that one of the children in the car said, "I want my mommy."
Pauley and the children were not hurt.
Pauley, who was led away from the car in handcuffs, reportedly said, "Please don't let him die."
The Ohio Attorney General Office's Bureau of Criminal Investigation did not find any weapons in the van, but BCI spokeswoman Jill Del Greco said the BCI was considering calling the van a weapon.
Del Greco previously told Cleveland.com that BCI investigators will look into why the officer fired his gun.
Strongsville police did not release the name of the officer who killed Evans, and have declined to comment.
WARNING: This video contains scenes of violence.