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Suspect steals cruiser; shot after high-speed chase in Ohio

Cincinnati Post staff report

Cincinnati, Ohio -- A man who exchanged gunfire with Warren County sheriff's deputies responding to a domestic violence call slipped by them and stole a cruiser, leading them on 100-mph chase that ended when a Blue Ash officer shot the suspect.

Lindsay Williams, 37, was treated at University Hospital in Cincinnati before being released into custody, said Warren County Sheriff Maj. John Newsom.

The incident began about 11:30 p.m. Saturday near Morrow, about 25 miles northeast of Cincinnati, when deputies responded to the call from a house on Fosters-Maineville Road. They were arresting Lance Williams, Lindsay's twin brother, and leading him to a cruiser, when gunshots rang out from inside the house.

Officers ducked for cover, and over the next few hours exchanged gunfire with Lindsay Williams, Newsom said. He said between 75 and 100 shots were fired from various locations in the house at deputies, who crouched behind vehicles, trees and in a drainage ditch.

He said the shots came from a handgun, a shotgun, and a semi-automatic rifle.

Six cruisers from the Warren County Sheriff's Department and the Hamilton Township Police Department were heavily damaged, Newsome said.

About 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Williams somehow slipped out of the house and hopped in a cruiser, leading police on a chase along three interstate highways before being forced over along Interstate 75, Newsom said.

Various Clermont County police agencies joined in the chase after Williams drove onto I-275 and headed east into Miami Township, Newsom said. Williams then turned around and headed west, eventually turning south onto I-75.

When Williams refused to surrender after finally being stopped on I-75 near the Neumann Way exit, he was shot in the leg by a Blue Ash police officer. Newsom said police found a gun next to him in the cruiser.

Williams is charged with five counts of attempted murder and was being held at the Warren County jail in Lebanon, Newsom said.

Four Blue Ash officers were placed on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated, which is department policy, Blue Ash police Capt. James Schaffer said.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.


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