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Man accused of shooting Ohio cop arraigned in court

Jamaine Hill, who is charged with three counts of felonious assault on a police officer, will remain in jail with a $3 million bond


By Ryan Dunn
The Blade, Toledo, Ohio

TOLEDO, Ohio — A Toledo man accused of shooting a city police officer will remain in jail with a $3 million bond.

Jamaine Hill, who is charged with three counts of felonious assault on a police officer, appeared Friday in Toledo Municipal Court. Officials identified him as the gunman who fired through his front door at Detective Jason Picking.

The detective assisted with a drug-related search warrant about 2:08 a.m. in the 4100 block of Caroline Avenue. He was shot near the left side of his mouth, shattering his jaw.

Detective Picking, 36, was hospitalized at Mercy Health St. Vincent Medical Center. The round lodged in his neck, requiring reconstructive surgery. Police have described his condition as “critical but stable.”

Mr. Hill's parents, Andre and Cheryl Cochran, said after the hearing Mr. Hill regrets firing his weapon. He thought the police raid was a break-in, they said.

“My son wouldn’t have fired on them had they identified themselves,” Mr. Cochran said.

Both said they are sorry to the officer and his family.

Police officials said officers on scene did identify themselves. Chief George Kral said Thursday SWAT unit executed a “knock and announce” search warrant at the residence.

©2017 The Blade (Toledo, Ohio)

McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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