Gun used in shooting of deputy hasn't been found

Posted at 4:19 PM, Mar 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-30 19:30:15-04

LEBANON, Ohio -- The gun that authorities say a man used to shoot his father and a deputy last year still hasn't been found.

Without the actual gun in hand, prosecutors showed the jury a similar RAS 47 rifle in court Thursday to give jurors an idea of what they said Mohammed Laghaoui used in the shooting.

Sgt. John Smith with the Warren County Sheriff's Office testified that Laghaoui said he'd thrown the rifle in a pond or lake. Laghaoui eluded authorities for hours that night as they turned out in force in response to the shooting June 9. Smith was the one who handcuffed Laghaoui once they found him.

Smith was one of several people from the sheriff's office who took the stand Thursday. Detective Mark Purdy told the jury about the moment he heard Deputy Katie Barnes say she'd been shot.

"Everybody that's in earshot of that radio, that just turns your blood to ice," Purdy said. "Everybody responds."

Purdy was the first person to look at video captured from the camera in Barnes' vehicle that night. Jurors also got to see it Thursday.

Barnes being hit isn't in the frame, but she's visible afterward, trying to get to safety. Prosecutors said Laghaoui fired those shots, then shot his father in the hand. The video shows Laghaoui's brother helping their father after the shooting.

Laghaoui has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Jurors also heard from a pair of neighbors who were at the apartment complex the night of the shooting. Previously, Laghaoui's father and brother testified Wednesday. Barnes took the stand Tuesday.

The trial will continue Friday.