Officers responded to the restaurant on W. 117th street at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday morning for a report of a robbery with shots fired.
When police arrived, they found a suspect with multiple gunshot wounds. Officers administered first aid until EMS arrived. The suspect later died at MetroHealth Medical Center.
On Thursday, the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased suspect as De’Carlo Jackson, 24, of Cleveland.
Another suspect had already taken off.
Police say a preliminary investigation indicates that three Taco Bell employees, who were armed, shot at the two suspects after they came into the restaurant wearing masks, and ordered the employees to the ground at gunpoint.
Taco Bell public relations told FOX 8 this is a franchise store and the gun policy is at their discretion.