Dramatic doorbell video shows that quick reaction by an Ohio sheriff’s deputy during a wellness check earlier this week saved her life as she literally dodged a shooter’s bullets.
Warren County Sheriff’s deputies were sent to check the well-being of an individual Feb. 15 in Mason, Ohio, following a 911 call in which a man said his brother had ingested something and said he just wanted to sleep, according to WXIX.
The video shows Deputy Sara Vaught standing outside the front door of a home as she waits for someone to respond. She is heard saying, “Here he is,” as the door opens.
All of a sudden, the resident sticks a handgun through the doorway and fires at Vaught, who quickly maneuvers out of the way and barely avoids being shot. At that, she hastily drew her own weapon and returned fire from a squatting position.
The deputy fired a number of shots, several of which struck the suspect, identified by WXIX as Lance Runion, 56. The video then shows other deputies quickly responding by rushing toward the action and demanding that the suspect show his hands.
At that, deputies ask Vaught if she has been injured and she responds excitedly, “I’m good, I’m good, I think. I think I’m good.”
Warren County, Ohio Sheriff Deputy Sara Vaught is lucky to be alive — and the community she serves is lucky to have her. This is the epitome of courage shown by law enforcement across the nation. #CopsCountPoliceMatter
— Bill Bratton (@CommissBratton) March 3, 2021
In fact, she was not struck at all. Runion, on the other hand, was shot a number of times, as deputies on the scene then performed “lifesaving measures.” Reports said he was listed in critical condition following surgery but has since stabilized and remains in the hospital, according to WXIX.
“Warren County, Ohio Sheriff Deputy Sara Vaught is lucky to be alive — and the community she serves is lucky to have her. This is the epitome of courage shown by law enforcement across the nation,” Bill Bratton, the former top cop in Boston, New York City, and Los Angeles, wrote on Twitter in a post containing a video of the shootings.
— Karin Johnson WLWT (@karinjohnson) March 2, 2021
The incident report, according to Law and Crime, noted that Runion has a history of “emotional issues” and that he “used to drink a lot and take pain meds.” The report noted further he had been “clean since July.”
His brother, who dialed 911, told dispatchers that Runion had firearms in the house but did not believe he would try to hurt anyone with them. Runion was also slurring his words and had sent a group text making it clear that he loved his family. The caller also said he wasn’t sure if Runion’s son was with him but that he believed his wife Wass not in the home.
About a half-hour after the shots were fired, the incident report described Runion’s wife as engaged in “hysterical crying” and noting that she had footage of the incident.
Vaught has been placed on administrative leave, which is standard operating procedure following officer-involved shootings. She has been with the department since 2014, WXIX reported, and is assigned to patrol Deerfield Township.
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