Hamilton man charged with attempted murder after allegedly firing shot at officer

A Hamilton man has been charged with attempted murder of a Sharonville police officer following the early Tuesday morning shooting at a hotel there.

Duane Harrison, 53, of Hamilton, fired one shot from a handgun while confronting police in a common area of the Sonesta ES Suites at 2670 E. Kemper Road.

Sharonville Officer Sean Grogan returned fire with three shots, hitting him in the arm, chest and ankle.

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Grogan was there following a report that a hallucinating Harrison was in a hotel room and threatening to jump out a window there and force an adult daughter to do the same. Grogan has been with Sharonville police about nine months, and has been an officer several years, also having served in Norwood and Fairfax.

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters praised police, including a SWAT team that was on the property.

“Once again we thank the police for their dedication and bravery,” Deters said. “The SWAT team and Sharonville police responded to a dangerous situation with an armed person who provoked an altercation with the police. As we saw in Dayton, these officers ran toward danger to protect innocent people.

After the incident about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Harrison was transported to Bethesda North Hospital and later to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for surgery, where he remains and officials said was in stable condition. Nobody else was injured.

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Aside from the felony attempted-murder-of-an-officer charge, Harrison also is charged with a count of felonious assault of a police officer and a count of having a weapon under disability, meaning he was prohibited from having one after earlier criminal charges.

The shooting was investigated by both Hamilton County’s sheriff’s and prosecutor’s offices, which found no wrongdoing by the officer.

Police were alerted to the situation at the hotel, where he had barricaded himself in a hotel room with an adult daughter after another daughter said he was using drugs, had a gun and was hallucinating police officers were outside.

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A SWAT team had responded to the hotel but had not yet taken up positions when the shooting happened.

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