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Covington Police Officer Shot in City Heights, Alleged Shooter Arrested

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UPDATE (4:30PM): The alleged shooter, Pharo Wilson, has been arrested at the Fireside Inn on the 7500 block of Colerain Avenue. Covington Police Chief Spike Jones tells The River City News that Cincinnati Police, while investigating the early morning incident, located Wilson at the motel and arrested him without incident. "We are very grateful that he was apprehended without any bloodshed," Jones said, adding that he expects Wilson to be expedited to Kenton County (after being taken to the Hamilton County Jail) where Wilson will likely face charges of assault in the first degree and attempted murder.
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UPDATE (11:30AM): The Covington Police officer shot in the foot early Friday morning has been identified as Mark Richardson, 43, a 10-year veteran of the force who joined Covington after serving as an officer with the Kenton County Police. Richardson is a K-0 officer. Police Chief Spike Jones addressed the media at 11:00AM to say that the large scale search has been called off but suspect Pharo Wilson is still being pursued and police are working more specific leads. Police are also still searching the woods around City Heights where the shooting took place. New information to report is that Wilson is accused of shooting at four officers from a second floor window while those officers were outside behind a building after locating Wilson while investigating a robbery call. Jones was not sure how many shots were fired by officers or allegedly by Wilson. The suspect is a convicted felon released from prison in 2011 after serving the minimum sentence following a trafficking conviction. He is considered armed and dangerous and anyone with information to call 911 or 859.292.2222. 
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As for Richardson, "He's in great spirits and doing well," Jones said. "He was more concerned about his K-9 parner." Richardson works with a K-9 named Cohen. Richardson and the other three officers involved in the shooting/robbery investigation have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation which is standard procedure following an event such as this. "We definitely want to get Mark back on the streets with us. He's an outstanding officer."
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Covington Independent Public Schools Superintendent Lynda Jackson has placed two schools on lockdown, Ninth District and Glenn O. Swing Elementaries. Additionally, all schools in the district will have indoor recess Friday and more administrators will be outside Holmes High School as students change classes there.
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ORIGINAL STORY:
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A Covington Police officer was shot in the foot after four officers exchanged gunfire with a robbery suspect in City Heights. Police responded to the robbery call shortly after 5:00AM and upon locating suspect Pharo Wilson, 26, a gun fight broke out. One officer was struck and Wilson fled into the woods. As of 9:00AM the suspect has not been located and a large manhunt is underway in and around City Heights. "Our reason for the search is two-fold," Covington Police Chief Spike Jones told The River City News. "Number one, as we exchanged gunfire we want to make sure he does not need medical attention, and number two, we want to bring him to justice." At last report there was no evidence that Wilson was wounded before fleeing. A K-9 unit is tracking the suspect.
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The timing of the shootout affected the children of the housing project who would usually be headed to school by way of a bus, but Benton Road was shut down and police officers were not allowing any vehicles to go up the hill. Ken Kippenbrock, director of pupil personnel at Covington Independent Schools, told The River City News that the children who intended to go to school were taken to the Romper Room daycare facility next to City Heights where they waited for a bus to come and get them. Several buses eventually made the trip to take the kids to school, half of which head to Ninth District Elementary while the other half attend Latonia Elementary. The older children attend Holmes Middle or High Schools. 
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Superintendent Lynda Jackson also remained on the scene and said the district will prepare some remarks for the kids to help them understand what happened. "Right now they're probably dealing with a bunch of gossip and we want to make sure we have some firm facts."
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Multiple agencies including Park Hills Police and the Kenton County Sheriff's Office are on the scene assisting the Covington Police in their search. The wounded officer is being treated at University Hospital where Chief Jones says the officer will make a full recovery and return to duty.
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As for Pharo Wilson, he has a lengthy criminal record in Kenton County. His most recent arrest was on February 5 for failure to appear in court. Other arrests include an October 28, 2011 citation for disorderly conduct and public intoxication; October 2, 2011 for menacing and disorderly conduct; April 16, 2007 for trafficking a controlled substance, intimidating, and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle; January 16, 2007 for possession of marijuana, escape, and driving without a suspended license; September 2, 2006 for trafficking; April 18, 2006 for assault in the fourth degree; and August 4, 2005 for possession of marijuana.
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This story will be updated when new information is attained.