Muhammad from Morocco Faces Attempted Murder Charges After Shooting Sheriff’s Deputy (Video)

Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui
Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui (

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.

Muhammad Laghaoui lived in Morocco before he came to the US for junior high school.

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