UPDATE: Man allegedly claims to be a police officer, fires shotgun into apartment door

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Mugshot of Mr. Summar

We have more news on a man who allegedly fired a gun into the door of a Murfreesboro apartment while telling the resident he was a police officer. The incident occurred on May 15th and the arrest took place soon afterwards.  

23-Year old John B. Summar of Murfreesboro reportedly banged on an apartment door in Murfreesboro and yelled, “Rutherford County Police, Open the Door!” The female who was inside the apartment looked out the peep hole, but did not see anyone, so she ran towards the back of the unit and hid. That was when Summar allegedly shot through the door with a shotgun, according to an arrest report.

The victim remained hidden inside the South Rutherford Boulevard Apartment until the coast was clear. Scared and in shock, she called her friend who called the police.


Murfreesboro Police spoke to a witness in another unit at University Gables Apartments and the witness told officers they heard someone banging on a door yelling police. The witness said they watched out their window as the subject fired a shot at the door.

During the course of an investigation, it was determined that a resident in the apartment had a disagreement with Summar over a stolen cell phone. The resident accused Summar, who goes by the nickname of “B,” of stealing the phone.


Police went to Summars’ apartment after the incident and found a shotgun that was believed to be the same gun used at the victims apartment, but Summar was no where to be found. Police say the shotgun was determined to be a stolen weapon.

Officers then went to Summars’ girlfriends’ apartment complex where they found him in the parking lot wearing a “police type badge” around his neck. During questioning, Summar denied shooting the gun and asked for an attorney. Summar was then handcuffed and charged with impersonating an officer, aggravated assault and possession of a stolen gun.

As of Wednesday (5/21/14) morning, he has yet to make bond and remains in detention at the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office. He will appear in court on June 19, 2014.


MPD Incident Report #14-9276
MPD Arrest Report #14-9276
Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office



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