2 charged after Hamilton County deputy breaks leg during arrest

2 charged after Hamilton County deputy breaks leg during arrest
Johnny Hunter (left) and Thomasa Buck (right). Photos: Provided by the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office

WEST END, OH (FOX19) - A deputy with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office is expected to recover after breaking his leg during an arrest at an off-duty detail Thursday, sheriff’s officials said.

Deputy Zachary Swearingen was working at Stanley Rowe Apartments on Linn Street in the West End when the incident was reported about 4 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

Swearingen and other deputies responded to a domestic situation on the fifth floor of a building at the complex and encountered Johnny Hunter, the statement reads.

Hunter, 36, was intoxicated, became disorderly, failed to identify himself and resisted arrest while be taken into custody, according to the sheriff’s office. He was escorted to an elevator.

That’s where sheriff’s officials say Hunter’s girlfriend, Thomasa Buck, obstructed deputies and tried to gain access to the elevator and Swearingen fell, breaking his leg.

The deputy was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center, where he was listed in good condition late Thursday, sheriff’s officials said.

Hunter was charged with felonious assault, resisting arrest, trespassing, and failure to identify.

He was taken to University of Cincinnati Medical Center for a minor injury and then transferred to the county jail.

Buck, 30, was charged with resisting arrest and obstructing official business. She also is held at the jail.

Both are scheduled to appear before a judge at 9 a.m. Friday.

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