Officer Justified in Shooting Teen | News
SUNBURY — The shooting of a teenager by a Sunbury police officer in June was justified, according to a news release issued Friday by the Northumberland County District Attorney.
The D.A. said that, after reviewing an investigation by State Police, he concluded the officer was justified in shooting Naheem Reams, 17, in Sunbury on June 5.
Reams has recovered from his wounds. He is currently being held at a detention center for an unrelated incident. So far, he has not been charged for the incident in Sunbury.
Reams was shot once by a Sunbury police officer following a chase early in the morning on June 5.
According to the district attorney, the investigation revealed that Reams had been sitting in a parked car along Fifth Street in Sunbury. A patrol car, clearing the area for the street sweeper, approached him. Reams took off.
Over the next five minutes, authorities say, Reams led police on a chase through the city. They say he went through stop signs and stop lights and drove down Chestnut Street the wrong way.
Police were finally able to stop Reams on Front Street in Sunbury when he rammed a police cruiser on the passenger side. Reams then backed up until he hit a tree on Chestnut Street. Authorities say he then ignored orders to get out of the car. Instead, they say, he drove toward an officer standing in front of the car. That officer jumped out of the way, but managed to fire a shot that hit Reams in the abdomen.
The teen kept driving but surrendered a short time later and was taken to the hospital.