Friday, October 10, 2003

Officer not hit as gun fired once

By Jim Hannah
The Cincinnati Enquirer

TAYLOR MILL - A Northern Kentucky police officer was shaken but OK Thursday afternoon after a man he was arresting grabbed his police pistol and fired one shot, police said.

Anthony Claus, 28, a resident of The Farm Apartments on Old Taylor Mill Road, will be arraigned this morning in Kenton District Court on two counts of attempted murder after the scuffle with Spc. Patrick Reis, 34, of Taylor Mill police.

No one was hit by the bullet.

Reis, the father of two and eight-year veteran of the department, was holding Claus to the ground when other officers arrived. Police said Claus grabbed the officer's gun during a short struggle in the parking lot of Claus' apartment complex. Reis knocked the gun away from Claus but not before one shot was fired.

Knauf said Reis was OK but hours later "his adrenalin was still pumping."

Claus was wanted by the Northern Kentucky Drug Strike Force on multiple outstanding warrants in connection with failing to complete a court-ordered drug treatment program.

Claus faces two charges of attempted murder because a 20-year-old Thomas More College junior was riding with Reis. The criminal justice major, who is interning with the department, was not injured.


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