Scenes from active shooter hearing in Mason

Accused Warren County deputy shooter’s case sent to grand jury

A 19-year-old Warren County man accused of shooting a sheriff’s deputy and his father on June will have his case heard by a grand jury.

Visiting Hamilton County Judge Robert Taylor on Thursday sent the case against Mohammed Laghaoui to the grand jury following a hearing in Mason Municipal Court.

Laghaoui will remain on $2 million in the county jail, charged with attempted murder and felonious assault and attempted felonious assault in connection with the incident that resulted in the wounding of Laghaoui’s father and Deputy Katie Barnes.

Jason Ratliff, a neighbor of Laghaoui’s in the Orchard of Landen complex in Deerfield Twp., testified at the hearing that he saw Laghaoui in the parking lot following the shooting.

“He was walking nonchalantly. I didn’t see the gun,” said Ratliff, who added shots fired by Laghaoui wound up in his son’s room and passed through the door of his apartment.

Deputy Jay Henning testified that Barnes had talked with Laghaoui during an earlier call to the family’s apartment and was waiting for her at the top of the apartment when she returned for a second call.

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