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published : 2023-08-24

Bizarre Case Unfolds as Half-Clad Squatter Attempts to Drown Deputy: Authorities

Growing Concerns Over Ohio Squatters Intensity After Man's Life-Threatening Confrontation

A close-up shot of a 911 operator taken with a Nikon D850, to accompany the moment the property owner in Franklin Furnace places the emergency call.

A harrowing saga unfolded in Ohio, where a man accused of squatting on private property now faces attempted murder charges after fleeing law enforcement in his underwear and allegedly attempting to drown a deputy.

The unnerving report steams from a 911 call placed by a property owner in Franklin Furnace, leading to the dispatch of deputies around 6 p.m. on Monday.

Upon arrival, authorities encountered three individuals: one near a pond on the property and a man and a woman in the house itself.

The male inside the property, barely clothed in his underwear, instantly stood out due to his conduct, suspected to be under the influence of some substance.

Upon sight of a deputy, the man bolted, fleeing towards a pond while allegedly shouting defiantly that he couldn't be tased now that he was in water.

A snapshot of a uniformed deputy in a tense, alert posture taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV, symbolizing the arrival of authorities at the allegedly squatted property.

The deranged chase turned life-threatening when the suspect, now identified as 28-year-old Richard Michael Turner, engaged in a struggle with the law enforcement officer.

In a chilling turn of events, Turner is accused of acquiring the deputy's radio, preventing communication for backup, and submerging him underwater until the deputy lost consciousness.

Turner then absconded, leaving the officer requiring immediate medical attention.

Following the incident, the officer was hastily treated at a local hospital and discharged.

Meanwhile, authorities proceeded to arrest the other alleged squatters: 30-year-old Tamera Clifton and 39-year-old Birdine Cole, both slapped with charges of breaking and entering.

A drama-filled, low-light image of a figure running towards a pond taken with a Sony Alpha a7 III, reflecting the suspect's desperate escape attempt.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the manhunt concluded as Turner unwittingly returned to the scene of the crime and, was subsequently arrested.

He now faces a series of charges, including attempted aggravated murder, felonious assault on a peace officer, obstructing official business, and breaking and entering.

Turner is currently being held on a substantial $230,000 bond as the investigation continues into this chilling case.