BREAKING NEWS - Shooting victim released

Cary Ashby • Oct 29, 2015 at 12:53 PM

The woman shot in Perkins Township this morning has been treated and released from Firelands Regional Medical Center.

Perkins Township Police Chief Tim McClung hasn’t released details on the shooting, but the incident ended this morning with Vermilion resident Daniel R. Summers, 41, committing suicide.

Summers left the entrance to Kalahari Waterpark Resort and U.S. 250 and pursued the woman’s vehicle.

“He had already shot her,” Erie County Sheriff’s Capt. Paul Sigsworth said. He estimated the shooting was about a minute before he ran his pickup truck into the woman’s vehicle.

“He may have been pursuing her at that point,” Sigsworth added.

About 8:20 a.m. today, Deputy Mark Pauley witnessed Summers speeding on U.S. 250 near Bogart Road while watching truck traffic. He also saw the collision near the Ohio 2 junction after pulling out to pursue the driver.

Sigsworth said someone near the crash site, possibly a volunteer firefighter, warned Pauley that Summers had a .32mm handgun.

As Pauley approached Summers, who was “bleeding from the face,” the man put the gun to his forehead and threatened to commit suicide, Sigsworth said. Summers continued to back through the front of a fireworks business parking lot and into a corn field, with Pauley encouraging him to put the gun down.

Summers eventually removed the gun from his forehead and shot one round into the air away from the deputy before shooting himself in the head, Sigsworth said.

On Aug. 16, Summers went to a Sleepy Hollow Road home to find his estranged girlfriend, Milan Police Chief Jim Ward said. He shot the same woman today.

The victim declined to make a statement, but later expressed remorse about Summers pulling her out of the Milan home, Ward said. The chief noted that the woman didn’t show any evidence of being hit and Summers paid a $85 fee to waive the disorderly conduct charge.

The officer who responded to the Aug. 16 domestic dispute told Summers, who apologized to police, to stay away from the woman, Ward said.

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