Woman killed during Ohio chase was shot 24 times

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CLEVELAND (AP) -- The medical examiner says a woman killed in a chase that ended with Cleveland police firing a barrage of 137 rounds was shot 24 times.

The findings on 30-year-old Malissa Williams were released Tuesday by spokesman Powell Caesar. Official findings are pending on the other person killed in Thursday night's chase, 43-year-old driver Timothy Russell.

No weapon or shell casings were found in their vehicle.

Family members say firing that many shots was unjustified. They asked for a federal investigation.

Officers say the driver rammed a patrol car and nearly hit an officer, so force was necessary.

Investigators from the Ohio attorney general's office and the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH'-guh) County sheriff's department have joined the investigation.

The chase began when an officer heard a gunshot near police headquarters in downtown Cleveland.