Warren County calls on crime fighters using fish finder technology

Posted at 12:16 PM, Jul 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-25 20:20:10-04

DEERFIELD TOWNSHIP, Ohio — Tammy and Dennis Watters were headed for Oklahoma on Friday, the next stop on their latest tour of locations around the nation in need of their special underwater-search skills.

They had been unable to locate the automatic rifle allegedly used in an active-shooter incident last month in Warren County that wounded the suspect’s father and a sheriff’s deputy and that placed the area on lockdown.

Mohammed Laghaoui, 19, remains in the Warren County Jail on $2 million bond, charged with the attempted murder of Deputy Katie Barnes, along with a series of other charges for which he could serve up to 68 years in prison.

But the missing gun is a key piece of evidence prosecutors would like to have before going to trial.

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“We’re trying to make sure we’ve exhausted every possible way,” Major Steve Arrasmith, investigative commander for the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said.

After coming up empty with more traditional search methods, local authorities turned to Team Watters.

“We’ll be coming back to get this gun,” Dennis Watters said. “We want to make sure this gun isn’t in someone else’s hand to commit another crime.”

Read the rest of this story by the Dayton Daily News here.