Suspect caught in Ohio apartment complex shooting; 2 injured

MASON, Ohio (AP) — A suspect is in custody in a shooting at an apartment complex in southwest Ohio that left a sheriff’s deputy and another person wounded, officials said early Friday.

The suspect in the shooting, 19-year-old Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui, was captured at about 5 a.m. by authorities not far from the apartment complex in Deerfield Township after a seven-hour manhunt, Lt. John Faine of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said.

No further information about how the suspect was caught was immediately available. The sheriff planned a news conference later Friday.

Faine said the female deputy who was shot while responding to a report of a domestic situation at the apartment complex at about 9:45 p.m. Thursday has been treated and released from a hospital.

Another person also was shot and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. There was no immediate word on that person’s condition.

The names of the shooting victims were not immediately released.

Laghaoui was being held at the Warren County jail records. Details on charges were expected later Friday.

A shelter-in-place order was lifted in Deerfield Township, about 25 miles northeast of Cincinnati, shortly after 5 a.m.

“We’re relieved, obviously, even more so that our deputy was OK,” Faine said. “In the end, to have a peaceful resolution, to have the suspect in custody, peacefully, without anyone else getting hurt, that is a great relief.”

Faine said the shooting occurred almost immediately after the deputy arrived at the apartment complex.

Brian Freedman, a resident of the apartment complex, told The Cincinnati Enquirer that he arrived home to find the area cordoned off.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever seen so many police officers in one place,” Freedman said.

Helicopters and K-9 units were called to the scene to assist in the search for the alleged gunman.


This story has been corrected to show that the apartment complex was Deerfield Township, not Deerfield County.

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