In a 911 call recorded shortly after a fatal shooting, a man who later would be charged with murder claimed he shot himself, his girlfriend and their son all by accident, but the woman he is accused of shooting seemed to contradict his account.
Michael Dale Summerow, 38, is charged with murder and assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury in the shooting of Ashley Ladwan Johnson, 36, and their 2-year-old son, Elijah, who died.
In a 911 call made by Johnson, she said, sobbing, “My husband, my fiance shot the phone out of my hand, and I’m bleeding, and he shot our son.”
As the dispatcher asked questions, Johnson added that Summerow shot Elijah in the eye, and that Elijah was lying on the floor.
“In the eyeball? Is he breathing?” the dispatcher asked.
What Johnson said next wasn’t clear.
“OK, … he shot the phone out of your hand, and you are bleeding, and he shot your son in the eyeball?” the dispatcher asked.
“Yes,” Johnson said.
Midway through the call, Summerow took the phone and began talking to the dispatcher, begging for an ambulance. His speech slurred, he said that the shootings were accidental.
“My son’s hurt. Please,” Summerow said.
“OK, I’m getting them on the way,” the dispatcher said. “Is your son breathing?”
“The gun went off. I’m sorry,” Summerow said.
Summerow went on to say that he was cleaning the rifle when it fired.
The dispatcher said, “OK, you’re saying, when the gun went off, it shot her in the hand and him in the eye?”
“Yes,” Summerow said, pausing. “And I’m shot also.”
“You’re shot also?” the dispatcher asked.
“Yes,” Summerow said.
“Where are you shot at?”
“In the face,” he said. “I didn’t mean to do it. The gun went off,” he said again, later in the call. “I’m not going to fight nobody. I’m laying on the couch.”
Reporter Kara Fohner can be reached at 828-610-8721.