Jacoby Sammons, 19, of Neosho, is currently being held in the Newton county jail after investigators say he tried to run over an officer with the Quapaw Tribal Marshal’s Office. Cherokee county sheriff David Groves says Sammons was being sought in connection with a robbery in the parking lot of Downstream Casino yesterday. After searching for him throughout the afternoon, tribal officers spotted Sammons returning to his truck. Groves says the officer ordered Sammons to get out of the truck, but the suspect refused to do so. He then fled in the truck, nearly running the officer over. The officer fired a shot, striking Sammons, who continued to flee. He was arrested later in the day, when he was taken to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Groves credits the cooperation of some key people with bringing this situation to an end without further violence.
“We were able to reach out early on to family members who were cooperative,” Groves says. “Once they learned of his location, they were able to assist us. They actually, the family members, were the ones that transported him to the medical facility.”
Sammons is being held in the Newton county jail pending filing of formal charges in Cherokee county. Groves says the shooting is being investigated by the Kansas Bureau of Investigation as a matter of procedure. He says since the parking lot of the casino is in Kansas, it falls under the jurisdiction of Kansas law enforcement.