Man arrested in Marion for shooting at officers, crashing into 3 police cars

Cori Clay Lee Gentry (Grant Co. Jail image)

MARION, Ind. (WTHR) - A Grant County man accused of leading police on a wild 70 MPH chase through Marion Tuesday will likely face a list of criminal charges.

Thirty-year-old Cori Gentry had a woman and her 8-month-old baby with him. Police were out to question him about a shooting January 20 in Wabash.

City, county and state police thought they had Gentry cornered on a residential street, but Gentry refused to get out of the Pontiac Vibe, police say, and yelled that he "had nothing to lose" when officers approached.

Video obtained from local news outlet Channel 27 News and Entertainment shows the suspect's car banging its way through their parked patrol cars and speeding off. A line of police cars gave chase.

Local reporter Richarh Tyson followed the developing news story.

"With the traffic, a high-speed chase driving through town ripping through town like that and you got regular motorists on the road. It was dangerous," Tyson said.

Police were looking for Gentry. They wanted to question him about a shooting two days earlier in Wabash.

Before speeding off, police say Gentry told them he had nothing to lose.

"He put my life in danger," Toby Wilkson said. He heard sirens and racing car engines coming down his block and went to his front porch.

"Like the turn of a page. It was that quick they came down the street," Wilson explained.

A couple of houses away, Gentry slowed down at alley

"His driver door come flying open," Wilson said. "And 'Pop, pop!' Gunfire."

Gunfire police say was aimed at them. No one was hit and Gentry kept going.

Miles away, he lost control and crashed. Police say Gentry tossed the gun from the car and surrendered.

The woman and child were not seriously hurt and no officers were injured.

The woman told police she was originally driving the car, but Gentry ordered her to switch places before the chase began.

Gentry is jailed on a preliminary charge of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon. According to a Marion Police Department news release, more charges are forthcoming.