Man accused of shooting 15-year-old boy arrested after leading Akron police on chase

Man accused of shooting 15-year-old boy arrested after leading Akron police on chase
Joseph White (Source: Summit County Jail)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - A 19-year-old suspect linked to the shooting of a teen boy was arrested by Akron police on Sunday afternoon following a pursuit.

According to Akron police, officers responded after hearing sounds of gunshots near the intersection of West Thornton Street and Taylor Street.

The responding officers witnessed a vehicle leaving the area at a high-rate of speed. Police tried to stop the vehicle, but the driver, later identified as 19-year-old Joseph White, led officers on a chase that eventually ended on State Road in Barberton.

Detectives learned during the investigation that White is the suspect involved in the shooting of a 15-year-old boy. The victim was shot in the leg and taken to Akron Children’s Hospital for treatment to injuries that are believed to be non-life threatening.

Police say White was in possession of a handgun what he was arrested.

White was booked at the Summit County Jail in charges that include felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon, improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle, improperly discharging a firearm, and wilfully fleeing.

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