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VIDEO: Deputy Knocks On Door For Welfare Check, Then Gunman Opens Fire On Her

Deerfield Township, OH – A doorbell camera at a home in Warren County captured the moment a man opened fire at point-blank range on a sheriff’s deputy on his front porch (video below).

The incident occurred at about 6:50 p.m. on Feb. 15 when deputies went to do a well-being check at a home in the 7800-block of Hunt Drive, WLWT reported.

A man had called 911 and told the dispatcher he was concerned his brother – 56-year-old Lance Runion – was suicidal.

“He kept telling me, ‘I just want to go to sleep. I just want to go to sleep,'” Runion’s brother said when he called 911. “I just know he’s in horrible shape. I’ve never heard him like this, just hopeless.”

He told the dispatcher that his brother had emotional issues and struggled with alcohol and pill problems, WLWT reported.

So deputies went to the home to make sure the Runion was okay.

Runion’s own doorbell video camera showed the moment when Warren County Sheriff’s Deputy Sara Vaught knocked on the front door.

Then Deputy Vaught waited on the porch.

There were two other deputies waiting in the yard and closer to the street, the video showed.

About 30 seconds after Deputy Vaught knocked, Runion came to the door, the video showed.

The deputy was discussing the possibility of obtaining the entrance code to the garage with a dispatcher when she interrupted herself.

“Here he comes. Here he is, here he is,” Deputy Vaught said.

She did not to be appear afraid and did not have her weapon drawn, the video showed.

A second later, the front door opened and a hand poked out holding a pistol.

Runion fired a shot at the deputy a split-second later.

The video showed Deputy Vaught ducked just in time as she drew her own weapon.

She returned fire and shot Runion multiple times, the video showed.

Deputy Vaught was not injured, WLWT reported.

Runion was transported to an area hospital in critical-but-stable condition.

He remained in the hospital as of Wednesday, WXIX reported.

Runion has been charged with the attempted murder and felonious assault on Deputy Vaught.

Deputy Vaught was placed on paid administrative leave while the deputy-involved shooting is investigated, as is protocol, WXIX reported.

She has been a member of the sheriff’s department for seven years and is a patrol deputy assigned to Deerfield Township.

Deputy Vaught is also a field training officer and works with the crime scene unit, according to WLWT.

Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content:

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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