Police shoot suspected gunman in Villa Hills

VILLA HILLS, Ky. - A quiet Villa Hills neighborhood was the scene of a shooting that left a husband and wife to be injured early Wednesday morning.

The shooting occurred at a residence in the 2600 block of Amsterdam Road in Villa Hills at about 12:40 a.m.

When police arrived, a woman was found with multiple gunshot wounds in the front yard, and an armed man was inside the house who refused to comply with police. 

The woman was identified as Violet Corman and the gunman as her husband, Ronald Corman, 46.

Police said they negotiated with Ronald Corman for about an hour, but he would not drop his weapon. 

"He appeared in the doorway and had a weapon in his hand. He refused to comply with demands to drop the weapon, and he was shot by officers and he was also removed from the scene," said Specialist James Wendeln with the Villa Hills Police Department. 

Emergency crews transported the pair to University of Cincinnati Medical Center with serious injuries where they remain hospitalized. They were both in surgery early Wednesday morning and are expected to survive.

Authorities charged Ronald Corman in connection with his wife's shooting with one count of first degree assault, which is an offense punishable by 10-20 years in prison. His bond was set at $100,000.

Officials won't release the name of the officer that shot Corman at this time, but did confirm it was a member of the Kenton County SWAT team.

A preliminary investigation indicates the use of force was justified, according to a statement issued by Kenton County police. Authorities say no additional information about the officer's use of force will be released until the investigation is complete.

Neighbor Jeff Connors recorded part of the altercation between Ronald Corman and police on his cellphone. Connors, his girlfriend Thelma Okamoto, and her five sons, awoke to the sound of sirens Tuesday morning.

"We heard a bunch of cruisers pull up and we stood out front," said Conners.

Connors pushed the record button on his cellphone camera and heard police trying to negotiate with Corman.

"One of them kept telling him to drop the gun -- drop the gun -- and then they just sat there and talked for a while," said Connors.

About 45 minutes later, Connors' camera captured the sound of gunfire.

"We heard one gunshot and then we heard five or six gunshots after that and then one officer said I got him and he went somewhere in the house and they couldn't find him," he said.

As investigators combed the crime scene for evidence Wednesday, Conners and Okamoto said they were stunned that their neighbors had been involved.

"They're very nice people. The guys always talked to him kids -- play around -- joke around -- and play in the back yard and Violet, the woman there, she's very nice, too," said Okamoto.

Police say they are not looking for any additional suspects and that no one else was injured.

The Kenton County SWAT team is overseen by the Kenton County Sheriff's Office and is comprised of multiple police agencies. The Kenton County Police Department, which is an independent police agency from the sheriff's office, is conducting the on-going investigation.

Authorities temporarily closed the intersection of Amsterdam Road and Niewahner Drive while they investigated and said there was no immediate threat to residents of the neighborhood. The shooting was less than a mile away from River Ridge Elementary School and Villa Madonna Academy. Despite the proximity to the schools, Wendeln said children were not in danger during the incident.

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9 On Your Side Reporters Kendall Herold and Tom McKee contributed to this report.

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