WATCH: Sheriff’s Deputy Narrowly Dodges Close-up Gunshot, Returns Fire

March 5, 2021Joshua Skovlund
Deputy Sara Vaught, Warren County Sheriff's Office, Ohio, Coffee or Die

Screen grab from Twitter video. Photo courtesy of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

A split second of pure reflexes made for a night that Deputy Sara Vaught won’t be forgetting anytime soon. A video posted to social media exploded after viewers saw the harrowing dodge that Vaught completed just in time to avoid death while still executing her job seemingly flawlessly. 

Deputies from the Warren County Sheriff’s Office responded to 7831 Hunt Club Drive, Deerfield Township, Ohio, on Feb. 15 for a requested “well-being check,” according to a WCSO press release emailed to Coffee or Die Magazine

Watch the video below. Though there are no graphic visuals, the video itself may disturb some viewers; discretion is advised. 

The WCSO said the deputies had tried to gain contact with 56-year-old Lance C. Runion by knocking on the front door of his residence and through other various means.

After several minutes, Runion opens the front door and in a split second points what appears to be a pistol at Vaught and fires. As seen in the video, Vaught dodges the first shot and returns fire immediately.

Runion sustained multiple gunshot wounds, and deputies cleared the residence and performed life-saving measures until he was transported to a nearby hospital. According to the WCSO press release, Runion is in critical but stable condition. Vaught did not sustain any physical injuries during the incident. 

Deputy Sara Vaught, Warren County Sheriff's Office, Ohio, Lance Runion, Coffee or Die
Deputy Sara Vaught of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office in Ohio, left; Lance C. Runion, right. Photos courtesy of the Warren County Sheriff’s Office.

So far, Runion is charged with attempted murder and felonious assault, though the WCSO said they will push for additional charges if the investigation reveals additional crimes. Vaught has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is concluded.

Vaught has been working for the WCSO since 2014 and is currently assigned to the Deerfield Township area for patrol. She has multiple duties outside of patrol, such as being a member of the WCSO Crime Scene Unit. Vaught is a field training officer as well. 

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Joshua Skovlund
Joshua Skovlund

Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children.

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