Brett Luengo, Ohio Businessman Who Believed he Was Being ‘Chased by 3 Witches,’ Shot Dead by Police After Crashing his Car

Brett Luengo was a well-known Westlake business man before he was shot and killed by a Cuyahoga County Sheriff's deputy after he attacked several people and the deputy. (Courtesy Lurengo family)
Brett Luengo was a well-known Westlake business man before he was shot and killed by a Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputy after he attacked several people and the deputy. (Courtesy Lurengo family)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Brett Luengo ran a successful construction management business that oversaw the construction of Crocker Park parking garages and told others that he loved being a newly married man. He planted flowers in Westlake Community garden just last week.

Dispatch logs obtained by cleveland.com from a call he made to Westlake police in the minutes before his death illustrate a far more troubled man who claimed that he was a drug dealer and that he was being chased by three witches who were trying to kill him.

Those who knew the 33-year-old Westlake High School graduate were left stunned and searching for answers on Thursday after Luengo attacked several Good Samaritans along Interstate 90 before a Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputy fired a fatal gunshot into his chest.

Luengo called Westlake police prior to the attacks and made the strange claims to dispatchers, according to a Westlake police report.

He also told the dispatchers that he was gay and that he was going to commit suicide. His parents later told police that Luengo has been suicidal in the past and was possibly homicidal, the report says. Westlake police later updated the report to say that Luengo “is suicidal and possibly homicidal.”

“It just doesn’t make sense,” said Westlake Mayor Dennis Clough, who performed Luengo’s marriage ceremony on March 4, 2017. “I was shocked. I don’t quite understand what happened here. I saw him about three weeks ago and he was so happy about getting married. He said things were great and he was very happy with his new bride.”

Luengo grew up in Westlake, moving there with his family when he was about 6 years old. His family hosted dinners for neighbors on their quiet street lined with manicured lawns.

Luengo’s parent’s next-door neighbor Pers Nielsen said they never saw any issues with Luengo and offered that he never saw him intoxicated or under the influence in any way.

“He was always a very nice young man,” Birthe Nielsen said. “He was always very polite, very helpful.”

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SOURCE: Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com