Police arrested a Greenville man on charges he broke into cars then shot at people who discovered his crime.
Greenville police responded to a shots fired call at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the area of Chestnut and West 14th Streets. Officers say they witnessed 58-year-old Samuel "Sammy" Simms throw a handgun into a grass field on Broad Street. They arrested Simms without incident.
Investigators determined Simms broke into two vehicles and stole two guns, a .357 magnum revolver and a .25 caliber semi-auto pistol. They say Simms also stole a knife from one of the cars. Marshal Bowen, 43, of Bethel and David Hobbs, 35, of Ayden started chasing Simms after seeing he had broken into cars. Police say Simms fired one round into the air and four rounds at the victims when he realized he was being chased. No one was injured.
Simms was charged with two counts of felony B & E from motor vehicle, two counts of Larceny of a Firearm, two counts of Possession of Stolen Firearm, two counts of Possession of Firearm by a Felon, two counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon, Misdemeanor Larceny, and Discharge a Firearm in the city limits.
Simms was jailed under a $1.5 million bond. Police say Simms is a repeat offender who is well known to police and to the courts.