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Sheriff: Off-duty deputy shoots 26-year-old burglar who broke into his home

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Posted at 9:17 AM, Jun 09, 2024

READING, Ohio — A Hamilton County deputy returning home from work shot a burglar who broke into his home early Sunday morning, the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office said.

At approximately 5:30 a.m., Hamilton County deputies and Reading police officers responded to a report of shots fired in the 1700 block of Keith Road in Reading.

Investigators said there was a confrontation, and the deputy fired his personally owned weapon.

In a recording of a 911 call we obtained, the off-duty deputy tells dispatch "I'm in my personal residence, somebody broke into my house when I got off duty and tried to attack my family. Shots fired."

In court Monday, officials said 26-year-old Darryl Williams entered the house through a closed kitchen window and went to the bedroom. A woman was in the room at the time.

Before the deputy fired shots, he physically fought with the suspect, officials said in court.

Kyla Woods, the public information officer for the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, said Williams was shot in the leg. His injury was non-life-threatening, Woods said.

After he was shot, Williams fled the scene and was later apprehended by Cincinnati police, Woods said.

Williams has been charged with aggravated burglary and menacing.

An office manager for a nearby apartment complex told our crew on the scene that they heard one shot around 5 a.m. They also said they saw search dogs and drones in the neighborhood. She walked the apartment grounds around 7 a.m. and was instructed by investigators to go back inside, she said.

"This sort of thing never happens in the area," she said. "It’s a shock when it does.

Bond was set at $250,000 for the attributed burglary charge and $100,000 for the menacing charge.

Williams is set to appear back in court on June 20.

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