A Perrysburg Police officer has been placed on paid administrative leave after a shooting in Perrysburg Township Tuesday. The Perrysburg Police Department says Sgt. Jack Otte, a 25 year veteran, shot burglary suspect James Newman as he fled police Tuesday. Police say it is standard procedure for an officer to be placed on leave after a shooting.
Perrysburg Police Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore told Toledo News Now Wednesday that he would be leading an internal investigation into the shooting.
Police say extra patrols from several departments were in the township Tuesday due to a recent string of home break-ins. Perrysburg Township police received a call of a suspicious car parked near Roachton and Thompson Roads, as well as activity at a few homes in that area.
Police say when they arrived at the scene, they found James Newman, 30, of Grand Rapids, Michigan, leaving a home. Police say Newman began running when he saw police. During the chase, a police officer shot Newman in the leg. Police did not say which department that officer worked for Tuesday. Wednesday Perrysburg Police announced Sgt. Otte was the one who pulled the trigger.
Newman was treated at the scene for non-life-threatening injuries and taken to the hospital. He is expected to recover. Once Newman is medically able to be released, police say he will be booked into the Wood County Jail. Police have charged Newman with burglary and possession of criminal tools.
Police say they are investigating whether Newman was involved in any of the other 20 plus recent break-ins in the area.
"We'll review the evidence that we locate off this apprehension yesterday, to compare those to the other burglaries, and then we'll make a determination," said Perrysburg Township Police Detective Sergeant James Gross.