Mayor Seeks to Fire Police Chief Over Staging Traffic Stop to Cover Accidental Shooting
PERRYSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - The mayor said Thursday
she is recommending the town fire its police chief for
staging a traffic stop to cover up an earlier
Chief Tim Sommer shot himself in the leg during the
faked traffic stop, authorities have said. Sheriff
Wayne Risner said Sommer admitted he made up the
Mayor Renee Mott said she would ask the village
council to approve her recommendation at its meeting
A message seeking comment from Sommer, 52, was left
at his home Thursday. He has not been at work since
the incident March 19.
Sommer first said he pulled over a motorist for
driving without license plates, and the driver shot
him in a struggle, authorities said.
Risner said Sommer, while on the radio to report
the traffic stop, fired his handgun to make it appear
there was trouble. He fired again after reloading, and
a bullet struck his leg, the sheriff said.
Sommer made up the story because he had
accidentally fired a rifle through his cruiser's
windshield in the police garage, Risner said.
"Everything that happened since then was to cover
up that honest mistake," Risner said.
The sheriff's department plans to finish its
investigation next week and turn the case over to the