Man holding boy hostage, firing at officers near Cincinnati

WEST CHESTER, OH (AP) — Authorities outside Cincinnati say a man is holding a 10-year-old boy hostage at an apartment complex and has been shooting at officers and their vehicles.

Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones says no one has been hurt since the hostage situation began early Saturday after midnight.

He says there was an altercation inside an apartment and that a man who doesn’t live there stayed behind with the boy.

The sheriff says the man isn’t related to the boy.

Jones says the suspect has fired at least 20 times at authorities, hitting an armored vehicle and a robot outside the building.

He says negotiators have been talking with the man and that authorities haven’t fired back and are being extremely cautious. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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