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Home invasion prompts manhunt, school closure

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A manhunt ensued and Little Miami Intermediate School shut down for the day after shots were fired during a home invasion Thursday morning.

Police stopped a man who matched the description of a suspect in a 6:30 a.m. home invasion in the 7300 block of Zoar Road, but they let him go after determining he was not connected, said Hamilton Township Police Chief Jon Wheeler.

The suspect was described as a thin built man wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans and red and white gym shoes.

"I mean it's scary because they came that close and I was asleep and for me not to hear them," said Debbie Swader.

Debbie's son said the suspect broke into a window and stole several items including Christmas money and a ring from his mother, 58, who is bedridden and paralyzed from the waist down.

"We are in there trying to calm her down," Earl Swader said outside the home.

According to the 911 call, the woman states that her daughter, Holly Swader, found the suspect in the basement of the house.

[Listen: Zoar Road 911 call]

Swader told police in the 911 tape that she fired a pistol four times at the suspect inside the basement. The suspect then took off on Zoar toward Maineville roads. No word on if the suspect was injured. 

No one inside the home was found hurt, according to police.

Earlier, Little Miami district officials announced the intermediate school was closed "due to police activity."

The school also took to Twitter:

The incident shocked residents in this normally quiet Warren County community of about 9,600 residents.

Thomas Jones has four children who attend Little Miami Schools, including his 12-year-old daughter who is a sixth grade at the intermediate school.

He planned to warn people he knows who live off Zoar Road to keep their doors are locked.

"I like to think we live in a pretty safe area," he said. "We don't hear about home invasions or shootings. Coming out of this district is odd. I honestly thought somebody had been pulled over or something or found something in a vehicle in a school zone. It's just an odd, odd thing. We all tuned into the news this morning waiting to hear what is going on."

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