Detective serving warrant shoots, wounds armed man


ROSS TOWNSHIP, Ohio (AP) — A police detective serving a search warrant at a southwestern Ohio home as part of a child pornography case shot and wounded a man who pointed a gun at officers, authorities said.

The shooting occurred around 12:30 p.m. at a Ross Township home, according to the Butler County sheriff’s office. A spokesman said that as officers entered the home, they were confronted by Alex Hoskins, 26, who was holding a handgun.

When Hoskins refused directives to drop the weapon and instead pointed it at officers, authorities say the detective fired at least one shot that struck Hoskins. He was taken to a hospital, where he was treated and released.

No other injuries were reported in the incident. The name of the detective who shot Hoskins has not been disclosed.

Hoskins was charged with felonious assault and three child porn counts, but authorities said the investigation is ongoing and more charges could be filed. It wasn’t known if Hoskins has retained an attorney.

Ross Township is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northwest of Cincinnati.


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