East Cleveland Sgt. Scott Gardner said the officers have been on paid leave since the shooting Thursday night that they say began when someone in the car fired a shot downtown.
The car sped away, and officers gave chase. It ended five miles later when the car rammed a police cruiser and the 43-year-old man and 30-year-old woman died in a hail of gunfire.
Police said no gun or shell casings were found in the car. The Plain Dealer reports that police have defended the use deadly force because the driver rammed the police car and nearly hit an officer.