When Deputy Katie Barnes responded to a call and entered the apartment stairwell, she didn’t expect to be greeted by an AK-47. But there Mohammed Abdou Laghaoui with the weapon hand, and he opened fire, hitting her in the stomach.
Reports indicate that Mohammed’s brother had called the 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, who ultimately decided not to press charges. Barnes was called back after Mohammed punched his father in the face.
Deputy Barnes parked her cruiser out of sight, and proceeded up the stairs. That’s when Mohammed appeared. Barnes had no hope of finding security when Mohammed opened fire, though she did back up and return fire.
Though Barnes suffered a shot to the stomach, he was able to climb a wall and call for backup. Another deputy heard the gunfire and pulled into the apartment complex. He found Barnes and was able to get her away from the scene.
Mohammed also opened fire on his neighbor, Jason Ratliff, who had gone outside to see what was happening. Ratliff dove to the ground as Mohammed fired once more. Somehow, he was able to escape without injury.
Mohammed was captured alive. Bail is set at $2 million and he is being faced with charges of attempted murder and felonious assault.