Hamilton County: Man shot by deputies expected to survive

Hamilton County: Man shot by deputies expected to survive

July 12th, 2011 by Staff Report in Local - Breaking News

Michael Swinney, 62, faces six charges of attempted first degree murder after he fired upon Hamilton County Sheriff's Office and Highway 58 volunteer firefighters Monday night.

Photo by

A man shot Monday evening after opening fire on Hamilton County Sheriff's Office deputies and volunteer firefighters is expected to survive, authorities say.

Michael Swinney, 62, who sustained wounds to his face and arms, is expected to recover, although he may lose an eye, Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Hammond said today.

Once Swinney is discharged from the hospital, he will face six counts of attempted first-degree murder after he fired upon three deputies and three firefighters trying to put out a vehicle fire on Barn Road. The deputies and firefighters were not hit, but the deputies returned fire on Swinney, Hammond said

This is not Swinney's first encounter with law enforcement. In April, he was charged with reckless endangerment involving a firearm near his residence. According to court records, the charge will be dismissed upon good behavior.

Hammond declined to identify the deputies, but said they will be placed on seven days administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, which is standard procedure for deputy-involved shootings.

For complete details, see tomorrow's Times Free Press.