Off-duty deputy shoots home intruder

READING, Ohio – A Hamilton County deputy returning home from work early Sunday morning encountered an intruder and shot him, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities were alerted to the incident around 5:30 a.m. when reports of gunfire came in from the 1700 block of Keith Road in Reading. Responding officers from Hamilton County and Reading Police found that the deputy had used his personal firearm during a confrontation with the suspect.

Kyla Woods, the public information officer for the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office, identified the suspect as 26-year-old Darrel Williams Jr., who sustained a gunshot wound to the leg. Woods confirmed that Williams’ injuries are not life-threatening.

Following the shooting, Williams attempted to flee but was later apprehended by Cincinnati police. He now faces charges of aggravated burglary.

An office manager from a nearby apartment complex recounted hearing a single gunshot around 5 a.m. She also mentioned seeing search dogs and drones in the vicinity. When she ventured outside around 7 a.m., investigators instructed her to return indoors for safety.

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

The incident drew a substantial police response, with units from Lockland, St. Bernard, and Woodlawn also arriving at the scene to assist.