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Springfield Township: Officer comes under fire during foot pursuit

Officers arrested 20-year-old Mathew Singleton, of Akron. (Source: Springfield Township Police) Officers arrested 20-year-old Mathew Singleton, of Akron. (Source: Springfield Township Police)
A .22 caliber Ruger handgun was also recovered. (Source: Springfield Township Police) A .22 caliber Ruger handgun was also recovered. (Source: Springfield Township Police)
SPRINGFIELD TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) -

On Sunday, September 14, officers responded to a report of suspicious persons in the 1100 block of Krumroy Road at 2:45 a.m.

The first officer to arrive on scene spotted two males wearing masks and hoodies. As the officer approached, the pair ran into a wooded area off of Krumroy, which led to a full-on foot pursuit of the suspects.

The officer came under gunfire as the chase continued.

Authorities say that at least four rounds were fired at the officer, who managed to walk away unharmed from the incident.

"As the officer took cover, he could apparently hear bullets whizzing by his head," said Sgt. Eric East.

The officer involved was unable to return fire.

Officers from the Summit County Sheriff's Office and the Akron Police Department responded and assisted in locating the suspects hiding in the area.  

A .22 caliber Ruger handgun was also recovered. 

"We could be standing here right now talking about another officer killed in the line of duty," said East.

Investigation determined that the suspects had also broken into several cars in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Officers arrested 20-year-old Mathew Singleton, of Akron, and a 17-year-old juvenile, also of Akron. 

Both suspects were charged with felonious assault on a police officer, theft, possession of criminal tools, criminal damaging, and possession of a defaced firearm.  

Singleton was booked into the Summit County Jail. The minor suspect was booked into the Summit County Juvenile Detention Center.

Both are expected to be arraigned on Monday.

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