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Ohio Men Arrested After Pursuit, Shooting, Indicted

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Two men who were arrested after a police pursuit and officer-involved shooting have been indicted by an Athens County grand jury.

Samuel Lott
Samuel Lott

Samuel William Lott, 18, of Nelsonville, and Jacob Bowens, 19, of Carbon Hill, were indicted on charges of receiving stolen property and failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, according to the Athens County Prosecutor’s Office.

Lott and Bowen were arrested on Sept. 24, after Athens Police Department Officers responded to a call about the active theft of a vehicle in the Hope Drive area. Officers identified and pursued a suspect vehicle, and an officer-involved shooting reported happened when officers stopped the vehicle at one point during the pursuit, according to previous WOUB reporting.

The pursuit ended in a crash at the intersection of Hooper Ridge and State Route 550, APD Chief Tom Pyle said in a release at the time of the incident.

Lott was treated at a Columbus Hospital for a gunshot wound and released into Athens police custody.

Jacob Bowens
Jacob Bowens

Both he and Bowen are being held in the Southeastern Ohio Regional Jail on $100,000 bond each, jail records state.

The Athens County Sheriff’s Office assisted when the pursuit led outside the city limits. Three Athens officers were removed from line-of-duty assignments “pending administrative review,” and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation was enlisted to assist in the investigation.

A spokesperson for the bureau confirmed that they are looking into the officer-involved shooting, and said once the investigation is complete, the findings will be forwarded to the county prosecutor for review.

Arraignments in both cases are scheduled for Oct. 5.