Man accused of striking Hamilton officer with vehicle was suspect in Meijer theft

A Hamilton man remains in the Butler County Jail on $20,000 bond after he allegedly struck a Hamilton police officer with his vehicle while fleeing and another officer fired shots in his direction, according to police.

Eric C. Wilson, 36, was charged with operating a vehicle under the influence, driving under suspension and outstanding warrants after the Thursday incident. Billy Guinigundo was appointed Wilson’s attorney during his arraignment. His preliminary hearing was set for 8 a.m. Friday in Hamilton Municipal Court.

In June, West Chester Police said they were looking for Wilson, a suspect in a June 6 theft at Meijer, 7390 Tylersville Road.

Wilson was also charged with holders through the Fairfield Police Department and the Warren County Sheriffs Office, according to the Butler County Sheriffs Office.

Other charges Wilson has faced include theft, failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer, obstructing official business, resisting arrest, criminal trespass, and failure to stop after an accident on public roads or highways, probation violation and driving under suspension, according to the Butler County Jail records.

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Hamilton police tried to question Wilson around 6:15 p.m. Thursday because he’s a suspect in “several recent criminal acts,” according to police.

After being stopped in the 600 block of South Seventh Street, Wilson attempted to flee in his vehicle and struck officer Sean Figley. Another officer, Wyatt Arnold, opened fire and hit Wilson’s vehicle, police said. Wilson was not injured by gunfire. The vehicle crashed, and police took Wilson into custody.

Wilson, who was treated for minor injuries suffered in the crash, told police he was “under the influence of cocaine, meth and marijuana,” according to a police report. He was the only person in the vehicle.

He remains in the Butler County Jail.

Figley, 28, an officer since April 2015, was treated and released from a local hospital, police said. Arnold, 31, an officer since January 2014, was placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation, which is standard procedure, police said.

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Hamilton Police Chief Craig Bucheit said the investigation is continuing and he hopes to release more information this week.

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