Shots fired ends in police chase

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Niles and Warren police apprehended a Niles man after he threatened to kill someone and shot his car, prompting a high-speed chase with police.

Sammie E. Summerlin Jr., 25, of 55 Royal Mall Dr., was charged Wednesday with second-degree felonious assault, third-degree felony failing to comply with police and misdemeanor firing a gun in the city.

Bond was set at $10,000 at his initial appearance in Niles Municipal Court. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing next Wednesday.

Reports said Summerlin confronted a 24-year-old Warren man at about 9 p.m. outside Summerlin’s apartment, waved a gun in his face and ordered him at gunpoint to leave the complex.

The man told police Summerlin threatened to kill him several times and shot his car once while he was getting into it, striking the engine. The shot disabled his vehicle.

Police found a shell case at the scene.

Summerlin, reports said, then fled on U.S. Route 422 towards Warren, leading police on a dangerous chase into Warren.

Reports said Summerlin ran a red light while turning left from the far right lane from North Road to Market Street. He then sped in the oncoming lanes, running at least three lights, reports said.

Police said Summerlin turned onto Chestnut Street and tried to ram a Niles police cruiser. Summerlin eventually bailed out of his car on Parkman Road near Union Street S.W. in Warren and was caught by Warren police.

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