Salem man arrested for firing shots at Wamac police officer

WAMAC — Bail has been set at $150,000 for a 37-year-old Salem man was arrested Friday afternoon following a foot pursuit with a Wamac police officer during which shots were fired.

Ian Merideth was taken into custody after multiple officers responded to the initial radio call of shots fired during the foot chase.

Ian Merideth
(Source: MCSO)

That radio call was made just before 1 p.m. Friday from the area of 16th and Cherry in Wamac.

According to Wamac Police Chief Steve Prather, the officer noticed Merideth walking in the area and knowing he had a Marion County warrant for his arrest and stopped him.

Prather says Merideth told the officer he had a gun on him but before the officer could secure the weapon and cuff him, Merideth fled on foot.

In the 300 block of West 15th, the officer reported the subject turned with his gun out and fired four rounds at the officer.

Area officers sped to the scene and Merideth was ultimately taken into custody after multiple officers had drawn their weapons on him.

Currently on parole for a 2016 conviction out of Marion County for being a felon in possession of a firearm, Merideth was quickly transported to the Clinton County Jail as an investigation began into the incident.

As officers combed the area for evidence, one house and a vehicle were found to have apparently been struck by gunfire. There were no injuries reported.

Merideth was formally charged Monday in Clinton County Court with Class X felony aggravated discharge of a firearm at a police officer and three misdemeanors for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of resisting a peace officer.


He’s next scheduled to appear on the charges August 4 for a preliminary hearing and first appearance with his court-appointed attorney.