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Smith also said evidence gathered at the scene indicated Laghaoui was “ignorant” how to operate the gun, which has never been recovered.
Laghaoui, now 20, faces 10 charges, including the attempted murder of Deputy Katie Barnes. He has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.
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Barnes and Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims were back in the courtroom Thursday.
The day ended with jurors, who were also provided a transcript, watching a recording of the interview with Laghaoui.
He was interviewed from about 5 a.m. to 6:30 a.m., June 10, at the sheriff’s office.
During the interview, which lasted more than an hour, Laghaoui said he fired at a woman pointing a gun at him after being robbed in the parking lot.
“She shot back. It scared the hell out of me,” he said.
He said he used an AK-47 he’d recently purchased.
Laghaoui also said he ran back to the apartment and fired at the door lock before running off into the woods.
He told the interviewers he threw the gun into water and blacked out.
Earlier Thursday, Detective Mark Purdy recalled hearing that Barnes had been wounded.
“Everybody that’s in earshot of that radio, that just turns your blood to ice,” Purdy said according to a report by WCPO. “Everybody responds.”
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Purdy was the first person to look at video captured from the camera in Barnes’ vehicle that night. Jurors also got to see it Thursday.
Barnes being hit isn’t in the frame, but she’s visible afterward, trying to get to safety.The video showed Laghaoui’s brother helping their father after the shooting.
It was the fourth day of the trial, expected to continue into next week.