He fired, and deputies returned fire, wounding Runion.
He admitted responsibility and apologized to the deputy.
Vaught, who has returned to work, said she was still healing from the encounter, which she said was a nightmare scenario for an officer and that if not for a few inches, she would not be here today.
In August, Common Pleas Judge Timothy N. Tepe accepted Runion’s guilty pleas and entered findings of guilty to the charges. Runion had previously entered not guilty pleas to the charges in April.
On Feb. 15, Warren County Communications received a 911 call from Runion’s brother and dispatched Warren County Sheriff’s Office deputies to Runion’s residence at 7831 Hunt Club Drive in Deerfield Twp.
Deputies knocked on Runion’s front door multiple times, attempting to check on his safety. Ultimately, when Vaught arrived on Runion’s front porch, Runion opened his front door and immediately fired a Ruger LCP 9mm handgun directly at Vaught. Vaught was not struck and returned fire, striking and disabling Runion.
Warren County Sheriff's Deputy Sara Vaught comes face to face with a handgun while making a welfare check on a Deerfield Twp. resident just seconds after firing a shot at her. She returned fire with five shots wounding the suspect, Lance C. Runion. He remains hospitalized for his gunshot wounds. Vaught is back on full-duty. CONTRIBUTED/WARREN COUNTY
Runion was taken to an area hospital to recover from his wounds and other injuries before taken into custody in the Warren County Jail.