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Rural Police Chief Wounded - Motorist Flees

March 20, 2002

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Rural Police Chief Wounded - Motorist Flees

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PERRYSVILLE OHIO - The village's police chief was shot in the thigh in his police cruiser on March 19th while struggling with a gun-toting motorist after a traffic stop.

Chief Tim Sommer, 52, was taken to Hospital in Columbus in stable condition. Sommer saw a white car without license plates and stopped the driver around 2 p.m. on the outskirts of Perryville.

The motorist leaped from his car and ran toward the cruiser, firing through the front windshield. The gunman attacked Sommer as he tried to get out of his cruiser, hitting him in the face and on the head three times with his free hand.

Sommer pulled out his service revolver and the two struggled. One of the gun discharged, with the bullet going through Sommer's left inner thigh. The gunman fled as Sommer radioed that he had been shot. 43 law enforcement vehicles from three counties, the state highway patrol, state park rangers and police departments responded.

About 45 minutes later, the highway patrol put up a helicopter to look for the gunman, described as a bearded white male, 6-foot-4, 195 pounds. He fled in his white, mid-sized or compact four-door Chevrolet with rust around the edges. Police were still looking for the gunman last night.

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