The Warren County Sheriff’s Office is warning residents in the Landen area that the AK-47 assault rifle allegedly used in the shooting of a deputy and another person Thursday night may be on their property.
During the incident involving the attempted murder of a Warren County deputy sheriff and the shooting of another person, the suspect discarded the weapon, authorites said.
The sheriff’s office said it is unknown whether the rifle is still loaded with ammunition and is asking the public to look out for any suspicious items in and around their homes.
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Deputies say the rifle could be concealed in a piece of clothing or might have just been tossed in a flower bed or wooded area. They are asking residents to check around their homes or unlocked sheds for the missing rifle.
If anyone locates the rifle, they are asked to contact the Warren County Sheriff’s Office at (513) 695-1289.
Deputy Katie Barnes and another person were shot in the incident. Barnes was responding to a domestic situation at 8225 Jonathan Lane in the Orchard of Landen apartment complex. Mohammed Abdu Laghaoui, 19, allegedly shot Barnes in the abdomen, shot his father in the hand and fired two shots at a neighbor.
Barnes was taken to a hospital for medical treatment and was released.
Laghaoui fled on foot, prompting a lockdown of the Landen Lake community for a seven-hour manhunt. Laghaoui was arrested “without incident” after returning on his own to the apartment about 4:30 a.m., according to Sheriff Larry Sims.
More than 50 cruisers from many area departments, along with helicopters and police dogs, were used in the manhunt in a neighborhood with woods and a number of trails.
Laghaoui is being held in the Warren County Jail on $2 million bond while awaiting arraignment Monday morning in Mason Municipal Court. He is facing charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted murder and felonious assault.
Friday’s wet weather did not deter law enforcement officers from scouring the area around Landen Lake for the gun that was reportedly tossed in the lake. No gun had been found late Friday.
State Watercraft Officers trolled the lake searching for the weapon, and Deerfield Twp. firefighters later were stretched out with a line searching the bottom of the shallow lake. When that failed, a dive team was sent in to continue the search.
On Saturday, a team from Task Force One, a regional water rescue team composed of Butler, Hamilton and Clermont counties sheriff’s deputies, and Deerfield Twp. firefighters, was using a sonar device in a drainage pond adjacent to the apartments where the incident occurred.
Earlier in the day, they used the device to search Landen Lake. No weapon was found.
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