Perrysburg officer identified in shooting of burglary suspect PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 31 January 2013 11:13
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File photo. Two Perrysburg Township police officers survey the area where a man was shot after an burglary earlier this week. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
LIME CITY – A Perrysburg Police Division officer who shot a Michigan man charged with burglary on Tuesday has been identified.
Perrysburg Deputy Chief Mike Gilmore confirmed this morning that Sgt. Jack Otte was the policeman who shot James Scott Newman, 39, Grand Rapids, Mich., in the leg during the incident in the area of Bayer and Thompson Roads.
“He’s a veteran, over 25 years,” said Gilmore. “He’s a day shift sergeant. A very good officer.”
The incident began around 12:15 p.m. when a Perrysburg Township officer was on “burglary patrol” of residences in the area, due to the report of a number of recent break-ins. He observed a suspicious vehicle and then began a check of local homes.
At that time, Newman was observed running from behind one of the residences to a nearby woods.
Additional township officers, as well as Perrysburg and Rossford police, were called to the scene and established a perimeter. The Perrysburg Township canine unit was also called.
Subsequently, Newman left the woods and at some point was shot by Otte in the leg before being apprehended.
The circumstances of the shooting have not yet been made public, and are under investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, which is common in such cases.
“I can tell you that we at the Perrysburg Police Division believe that the officer did everything that he was supposed to do and that he was entirely right in the situation, and we believe that the investigation will show that,” said Gilmore.
He said that Otte has taken a voluntary leave following the incident.
A backpack and other items carried by Newman were reportedly discovered in the woods.
Criminal complaints filed Wednesday in Perrysburg Municipal Court states that Newman was in possession of a file and pry bar, police scanner, binoculars and latex gloves, and used those items to commit a burglary at a residence in the 9700 block of Roachton Road.
The residence, according to the burglary complaint, was apparently occupied at the time of the incident.
Newman is also facing a charge of possession of criminal tools.
The combined charges carry with them up to nine years in jail and the possibility of more than $17,500 in fines.
It is still not clear if Newman is connected to the numerous burglaries reported in northern Wood County in recent weeks.
“We’re still working on that,” said Det. Sgt. Jim Gross of Perrysburg Township Police. “There’s an extensive amount of evidence that we have to sift through and then go back and compare to everything that we have.”
Newman, who also goes by the alias of Jamie Lee Purdy, has a lengthy criminal history in Michigan, including convictions for misdemeanor domestic violence, fraud, and felony larceny.
Newman reportedly remained at Toledo Hospital where he is recovering from his wound. A hospital spokesperson said they did not have any information concerning Newman, but he was not listed as an inmate at the Wood County jail, where he is to be brought after official booking in Perrysburg Township.
According to an arrest warrant, his bail is to be set at $100,000, no 10 percent allowed.
 

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