Off-Duty Deputy Thwarts Burglary, Shoots Intruder in Confrontation

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Written By Angela Angela






A Hamilton County deputy was returning home from work when he encountered a burglar who had broken into his home early Sunday morning, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

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

Investigators said there was a confrontation, and the deputy used his own gun to fire at the intruder.

In a recording of a 911 call obtained by WCPO 9, the off-duty deputy tells dispatch, “I’m at home, someone broke in when I finished work, and tried to attack my family. Shots were fired.”

Before shooting, the deputy had a physical altercation with the intruder, according to the 911 call.

Kyla Woods, the public information officer for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, said 26-year-old Darryl Williams Jr. was shot in the leg. Woods said his injury is not life-threatening.

After being shot, Williams fled the scene but was later caught by Cincinnati police, Woods said.

Williams has been charged with one count of aggravated burglary.

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

“This kind of thing never happens in the area,” she said. “It’s shocking when it does.”

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