The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

June 28, 2013

Teen shot during Sunbury police pursuit moved to youth center

By Francis Scarcella
The Daily Item

— SUNBURY — The Shamokin teen who was shot by Sunbury police after a high-speed chase was discharged from Geisinger Medical Center on Tuesday and immediately taken into custody.

Naheem Reams, 17, was taken into custody by the Northumberland County Juvenile Probation Department and appeared before county Judge William H. Wiest, on an unrelated charge in juvenile court. Reams’ hearing was a closed-door session because the charge is a misdemeanor. The charges have not been disclosed because of Reams’ age.

Reams, who originally was said to be living in Sunbury and lists his hometown as Paterson, N.J., on his Facebook page, now is reported by police as having stayed with a family in Shamokin.

Reams was taken to the Central Counties Youth Center in Bellefonte, where he will remain until police determine what, if any, charges will be filed.

State police at Milton are handling the investigation into the June 5 pursuit that lead Sunbury officers two miles through the city at speeds of more than 80 mph.

Three city officers were involved in the chase, and one shot Reams in the abdomen after saying the teen driver tried to run him over. The officer is on paid administrative leave until the investigation is completed.

The chase began on Fifth Street at about 1 a.m. when police approached a car Reams was in while clearing the street for street sweeping. Reams took off in a reckless manner for no apparent reason, officers said.

Reams was wanted by Northumberland County Juvenile Probation but police did not know that at the time. The pursuit lasted less than 10 minutes and ended on Front Street, where Reams was struck by a single bullet in the abdomen.

Several hours afterward, Northumberland County 911 received a threat from a man who said he was coming to Sunbury to “shoot seven cops” because his cousin had been shot. Police Chief Steve Mazzeo said the call was traced to a known member of a Bloods gang in Brooklyn, N.Y., and that the threat was taken seriously.