UPDATE: Two men in jail after leading police on chase, officer involved shooting

Published: Sep. 24, 2016 at 4:27 PM EDT
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ATHENS, OH (WSAZ) -- Two men are now in jail after leading Athens Police officers on a chase and attempting to run over the officers.

The Athens Police Department says Samuel Lott, 18 from Nelsonville, Ohio, is charged with receiving stolen property, fleeing and eluding. Police also say Jacob Bowens, 19 from Carbon Hill, Ohio, is charged with receiving stolen property.

According to Athens Police, officers responded to a complaint of two men trying to steal items from cars in the Hope Drive area.

When responding to the call, the suspects led officers on a chase. Athens police say the vehicle involved in the chase was stolen from Nelsonville.

At one point, officers were able to stop the vehicle. That's when the suspects tried to run over police with the car and an officer involved shooting incident occurred.

The chase started again and later ended in a traffic crash at the intersection of Hooper Ridge and State Route 550.

Lott was transported to a Columbus hospital and has been released to Athens Police custody after treatment for a gun shot wound.

Lott and Bowen are now at the Southeast Regional Jail.

Other charges on the two suspects may be filed pending the outcome of additional investigation.

The three Athens Officers have been removed from line-of-duty assignments pending administrative review, per policy.


ATHENS, OH (WSAZ) -- A man is now in the hospital after officers with the Athens Police Department shot at him to bring an end to a chase.

According to Athens County Sheriff Rodney Smith, the chase started around 6 Saturday morning, over an alleged stolen vehicle. Smith says the chase started in uptown Athens and ended outside of city limits.

Sheriff Smith says the suspect, who has not been identified, tried to run over officers during the chase. In reaction, officers shot at the suspect.

The suspect was taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. Sheriff Smith says his injuries are unknown but does not believe they are life-threatening.

Sheriff Smith says none of the officers were injured.

The Athens County Sheriff Department is investigating the incident, with assistance from the Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

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