COVINGTON, Ky. - Authorities found and arrested the suspect who allegedly shot a police officer in Covington Friday morning after several hours of searching.
The officer was shot after four officers responded to reports of a robbery near the intersection of Benton Road and Todd Court in the City Heights area at about 5:30 a.m. Covington Police Chief Spike Jones said Pharo Wilson, 26, started firing shots at the officers suddenly and police returned fire.
K-9 officer Specialist Mark Richardson was shot in the foot during the exchange and is was taken to University Hospital where he was last listed in good condition, Jones said. He is expected to make a full recovery. Richardson is a 10-year veteran of the Covington Police Department.
Wilson fled the scene and escaped into a nearby wooded area. Officials searched for Wilson in the 200 block of Todd Court and other areas for more than 10 hours Friday. Kenton County Attorney Rob Sanders says Wilson was arrested by Cincinnati police Friday afternoon at a Colerain Township motel.
Sanders says he will be held in Hamilton County until he is extradited to Kentucky on charges of assault and attempted murder. The arrest report for Wilson lists him as being homeless, with his last job at a Lexington restaurant. Wilson has family that live in Covington. They told 9 News they would have no comment on his arrest.
Authorities from Newport, Fort Wright, Park Hills, Edgewood and Covington worked to locate the suspect with the help of a SWAT team and a K-9 unit.
Wilson was arrested in the 7500 block of Colerain Ave. at the Fireside Motel Friday afternoon. A motel employee told 9 News the suspect checked in around 11 a.m. Though it is not clear how officers located Wilson, police arrested the suspect around 4:30 p.m. He surrendered in a second floor room at the motel without incident, according to officials. The employee said Wilson was the only person in the hotel room at the time of his arrest.
There was concern during the search for Wilson that he might be injured. But no injures were listed on Wilson's arrest report with Cincinnati Police.
Police say this kind of incident for the city of Covington is very rare. An officer has not been killed in the line of duty in Covington by way of a shooting since the 1940s.
The four officers have been placed on administrative leave, as is standard in any traumatic incident such as this, Jones said.
Officials have not released any additional details at this time, as the investigation into the shooting continues.
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