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Published: Tuesday, 7/20/2010

Four charged in shots fired into police car

BY MIKE SIGOV AND BRIDGET THARP
BLADE STAFF WRITERS
The windshield of Officer George Shaughnessy's police cruiser has a hole from one of several bullets fired at it in South Toledo. The windshield of Officer George Shaughnessy's police cruiser has a hole from one of several bullets fired at it in South Toledo.
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Four people were charged Monday for allegedly spraying a police cruiser with bullets, narrowly missing the patrolman inside the vehicle in South Toledo.

Raul Moya, 16; Martin Cheno, 20; Jorge Rojas, 19, and Chadd Rabara, 17, whose addresses were unavailable, were charged with attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault. Mr. Cheno and Mr. Rojas were being held in the Lucas County jail, and young Moya was being held in the Juvenile Justice Center.

Mr. Rabara remained at large, police said.

Officer George Shaughnessy, who joined the department in 1992, suffered a minor head injury in the 3 a.m. incident yesterday. One of the rounds struck the driver's-seat head rest, authorities said.

He was later treated at a hospital, Toledo Police Chief Mike Navarre said.

"He's pretty angry that someone came that close to taking his life," Chief Navarre said.

"He took defensive action and he's alive. That's the only thing I can say to you today. He came very close to losing his life."

It was unclear whether Officer Shaughnessy was grazed by a bullet or by a glass fragment from the car windows that were shattered by bullets, police said.

Police responding to a report of shots fired at Brownstone Boulevard and Cresthaven Lane near the Charter One bank branch at 5744 Southwyck Blvd. arrived and found nothing.

About five minutes later, Officer Shaughnessy attempted a routine traffic stop on a midsize pickup truck.

The vehicle failed to stop for his lights and sirens, and shots were fired out the passenger side of the vehicle at the officer, who did not fire his weapon, according to police.

The officer pursued the truck as bullets shattered his windshield and passenger windows, police said.

At least 11 shots were fired, the police chief said.

The pursuit ended at Glenridge Drive and Rock Spring Road when the vehicle drove through a fence and several occupants fled, Chief Navarre said.

Four men and a woman were taken into police custody for questioning later in the morning.

Officer Shaughnessy was expected back on the job today.

"It's a dangerous job. A very dangerous job," Chief Navarre said. "You never know if you're going home to your family at the end of a shift."

Staff writer Jim Sielicki contributed to this report.

Contact Mike Sigov at:

sigov@theblade.com,

or 419-724-6089.



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