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Hamilton County deputy hurt while working off-duty detail

Posted at 6:24 AM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 13:03:59-05

CINCINNATI -- A Hamilton County deputy broke his leg while working an off-duty detail at a West End apartment complex, according to Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil.

Deputy Zachary Swearingen and other deputies responded at 3:53 p.m. Thursday to 1621 Linn Street for a domestic situation. Johnny Hunter, 36, was intoxicated and disorderly, did not identify himself and resisted arrest, Neil said.

Hunter’s girlfriend, 30-year-old Thomasa Buck, tried to block deputies as they were escorting Hunter to an elevator, according to Neil. Swearingen fell inside the elevator and broke his leg while trying to arrest Hunter.

Hunter stands charged with felonious assault, resisting arrest, trespassing and failure to identify. Authorities transported him to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center for a minor injury. Buck is charged with resisting arrest and obstruction official business. Hunter and Buck are being held at the Hamilton County Justice Center.

Johnny Hunter (left) and Thomasa Buck stand charged in connection to resisting arrest, which led to the injury of an off-duty Hamilton County deputy on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

Swearingen is hospitalized and is in good condition.