Police wait for Reams to recover
SUNBURY - Charges against Naheem Reams would be filed when the 17-year-old is well enough to answer to them, state police said Thursday.
"We are monitoring his condition with the help of Geisinger Medical Center," said Trooper Matt Burrows, community service officer with Troop F.
Burrows, however, would not further discuss the filing of charges against Reams, whose condition improved from critical after he was shot during a police pursuit June 5 to fair as of Wednesday. His condition remained unchanged Thursday.
"State police at Stonington continue to investigate the matter, and if any charges are filed, they will file them," Burrows said, noting Reams' health is the current priority.
It is also not clear if Reams would be charged as a juvenile or an adult. County juvenile probation issued a warrant for Reams on May 20, but further details about his criminal past aren't available because of the ongoing investigation.
City police said they were on routine patrol to clear vehicles from Fifth Street in Sunbury for the street sweeper when, as they approached Reams sitting in his car, he sped off in a "reckless manner." The officer had no idea who was in the car, city police Chief Stephen Mazzeo has said.
The resulting chase ended about one mile away when police said Reams struck the police vehicles and tried to hit the officer who then shot him. An affidavit said the officer "simultaneously while taking evasive action from being hit, shot into the car's windshield."
Reams' 1997 Saturn came to rest in the grass of Merle Phillips Park, between Front Street and the flood wall at the Susquehanna River. Friends and family have said he was shot in the abdomen.
The officer, who has not been identified and was placed on administrative leave along with two other city officers who were part of the pursuit, suffered a minor injury to his head.
Investigation of the incident involves a review of the justification for the officer firing his gun, Burrows said.