Deputy Katie Barnes didn’t expect an AK-47. As Barnes entered the apartment stairwell, Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui opened fire, hitting her in the stomach.
The incident unfolded as Mohammed’s brother had called police to his family’s Landen, Ohio apartment, reporting that Mohammed had threatened to kill him & his father. Barnes responded to the call, and talked to the family. According to Cincinnati.com, they decided not to press charges. A short time later, Mohammed punched his dad in the face. Barnes was called back.
Deputy Barnes parked her cruiser out of sight of the apartment, and proceeded to the stairs. That’s when Mohammed appeared at the top of the stairwell with an AK-47.
Barnes had nowhere to turn. Mohammed opened fire, striking Barnes in the stomach. Barnes backed up & returned fire. Mohammed continued down the stairs, firing at Barnes as he descended.
After getting out of the line of fire, Barnes, who in college was a star soccer player, climbed a wall, and called for backup. Another deputy, while driving by, heard the gunfire, and pulled into the apartment complex. He found the heavily bleeding Barnes & got her away from the scene.
A neighbor, Jason Ratliff, had gone outside to check out what was going on. He thought the gunshots were fireworks. He saw Mohammed, but not his gun. He asked him how he was doing, and Mohammed opened fire. Ratliff dove to the ground as Mohammed fired again. Mohammed then returned to his family’s apartment. Ratliff escaped without injury.
Mohammed then attempted to get into his father’s apartment, but the door was shut in his face. Mohammed shot through the door, hitting his father in the hand. Mohammed then ran. A massive manhunt ensued.
Mohammed appeared in court on Monday. Bail was set at $2 million. He is being charged with attempted murder and felonious assault.
According to a friend, Mohammed lived in Morocco before coming to America. The Pew Forum reports religious affiliation in Morocco as being 99.9% Islamic. BareNakedIslam reported Mohammed as being a Muslim.
Warren County Prosecutor David Fornshell told Dayton Daily News that it was “too early to comment” on whether this was a terrorist attack.
Mohammed’s passport, several computers, and ammunition were seized, Dayton News reported Tuesday. Mohammed was preparing to leave Ohio when the attack occurred. It’s unknown if he was planning a terror attack in another state. The Orlando terror attack took place 3 days later.
Deputy Barnes was a professional soccer player, and according to WCPO Cincinnati, a “member of the U.S. national team pool.”