ANDERSON — A Zionsville man was arrested Saturday on suspicion of firing shots at Anderson police officers following a chase through the city.
Anderson Police Department spokesman Maj. Joel Sandefur said APD was notified shortly before 9:30 a.m. by the Tipton County Sheriff’s Department that Phillip Tolley, 30, and Desiree Burnham-Tolley, 29, were headed toward Anderson in a stolen Ford pickup truck with a stolen handgun. A short while later, he said, APD officers saw the vehicle near Fifth and Jackson streets and tried to pull it over.
“There was a GPS system inside of it, so they knew it was in Anderson somewhere,” he said.
Tolley fled, leading police on a low-speed chase through the city, Sandefur said. Near University Boulevard and Graceland Avenue, the truck crashed into a brick home.
“Fifty-five miles per hour was the top speed, I was told,” he said.
Once the truck crashed, Tolley jumped out and fled, leaving Burnham-Tolley behind, Sandefur said.
“When he got out, officers got out on him as well,” he said. “Tolley fired multiple shots at the officers.”
Eventually cornered in a yard, Tolley held a knife to his throat, Sandefur said.
“There was a short standoff until he was convinced to put down the knife, surrender and taken into custody,” he said.
No injuries were reported.
Tolley was charged with vehicle theft and possession of a stolen handgun. He also may face charges of attempted murder for firing the gun at the police officers, Sandefur said.
“That would be contingent on the prosecutor reviewing the paperwork,” he said.
Burnham-Tolley was charged with unauthorized entry of a vehicle.
The incident remains under investigation.