The Salem Police Department arrested Griffin Newman, 25, of Salem on Tuesday, November 8, shortly afer 8 p.m. at a residence in the city. Griffin is charged with Shooting within the City limits, Reckless Handling of a Firearm, Eluding Police and Reckless Driving.
On Monday night, a 911 call reported that a shots fired incident had occured in the parking lot behind a business in the 200 block of East Main Street. Additional information indicated the suspect had fled the scene on a motorcycle. Within minutes of receiving the call, a possible suspect was located, but the motorcyclist refused to stop for police. A pursuit ensued heading out of the city on West Main Street and the suspect was able to avoid apprehension. He was last seen traveling north on Wildwood Road.
During the pursuit, two police cruisers collided at the intersection of West Main Street and Wildwood Road. Three officers suffered minor injuries in the crash, and they were transported to a local hospital for evaluation where they were treated and released.
Newman is being held without bond and this investigation is ongoing. Anyone having information about the incident is asked to call the Salem Police Department Detectives Division at (540) 375-3083.