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Colerain police set up an undercover sting back in March to catch them in the act.
A Colerain Township police sergeant said quick thinking saved his life when a 16-year-old put a gun to his head.
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COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A Colerain Township police sergeant said quick thinking saved his life when a 16-year-old put a gun to his head.
The incident happened on March 28, when officers from the Colerain Police Department Investigative Unit set up a covert operation to track down a group of Craigslist scammers.
Authorities said the scammers would rob Craigslist users after luring them to a spot in North College Hill with an advertisement to buy cellphones and laptops.
During the undercover operation, Sgt. Scott Owen said he came face-to-face with one of four suspects involved in the scam: 16-year-old Jarred Shearer.
“As he's getting ready to clear the backside of my trunk and make it to the passenger side, I can see him removing a gun out of his sweatshirt,” Owen testified in court Friday. “(Shearer) entered my vehicle gun first. He came into my vehicle with a gun pointed at my head.”
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Owen said he had a gun hidden under his left leg and knew he had to act quickly.
He said Shearer was quiet, which made him even more unpredictable.
"If I stay in that car, I'm dead,” Owen said.
Owen said he quickly pulled out his weapon and pointed it at Shearer, which caused him and another suspect to run away.
But investigators said Shearer ran toward Detective Dave Hubbard, who shot twice and hit him in the wrist.
"I ended up firing two shots,” Hubbard said. “At that present moment, I thought I missed because he changed direction.”
Police arrested Shearer and three others in the undercover sting, including 20-year-old Edna Liban of West Galbraith Road and 19-year-old Justice Grant of College Hill.
The fourth suspect is 15 years old and has not been charged as an adult.