Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui (Cincinnati.com)
Laghaoui is being held at the Warren County Jail on two counts of felonious assault, one count of attempted aggravated murder and one count of attempted murder after shooting a sheriff’s deputy.
ABC News reported:
A man accused in a shooting at an apartment complex that left a sheriff’s deputy and the suspect’s father wounded is facing preliminary charges that include attempted murder, authorities in southwest Ohio said Friday.
Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui, 19, was taken custody at about 4:30 a.m. after he returned to the complex in Deerfield Township, where the shooting took place, said Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims. The town is about 25 miles northeast of Cincinnati.
Laghaoui initially had fled the scene, leading to a seven-hour manhunt with helicopters and K-9 units.
Sims identified the injured officer as Deputy Katie Barnes, who had been on the job for seven-and-half years starting as a corrections officer.
Barnes was responding to a domestic situation at the apartment complex Thursday night when she was shot in the lower abdomen, Sims said at a news conference. She was treated and released from a hospital Friday morning.
Barnes is expected to recover, Sims said. The suspect’s father was shot in the hand. Sims did not know the latest on the man’s condition, but thought he may need surgery.
Sims said Laghaoui fired an assault rifle that has yet to be recovered. He’s being held at the Warren County Jail on preliminary charges of attempted murder, attempted aggravated murder and felonious assault. A court appearance was planned for Monday.
Laghaoui threatened to kill his father and brother Thursday night at their apartment, his brother said in a 911 call. Laghaoui punched his father in the face and left. When he came back, he had an AK-47 assault rifle, the sheriff’s office said.
His father and brother wouldn’t let him in, so he shot through the door, striking his father in the hand. Then he fired several times at Deputy Katie Barnes, who had responded to the emergency call. One bullet struck her gun belt and grazed her lower abdomen.
Laghaoui fled and was arrested at the apartment when he returned about 4:30 a.m. Friday, according to the sheriff”s office. He told authorities he threw the gun in Landen Lake next to the apartment complex. Authorities were searching the lake Friday for the gun.
Muhammad Laghaoui lived in Morocco before he came to the US for junior high school.