Judge Shot In ‘Ambush’ Attack Outside Courthouse, Returns Fire With Help Of Probation Officer
COLUMBUS, OHIO — An Ohio judge and probation officer returned fire on a suspect, killing him outside a courthouse where he attempted to take the judge’s life this past Monday. It was called an ‘ambush-style attack’.
Common Pleas Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was shot about 8 a.m. outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, about 40 miles west of Pittsburgh, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said. The judge was hospitalized but his condition not released.
After reviewing video of the shooting, Abdalla said he believes the assault was a deliberate attack on the judge.
“This was cold blooded, attempted murder on a judge,” he said.
The suspect, identified as Nate Richmond, had a son who was the center of a high-profile rape case in 2013 which led to a conviction. Judge Bruzzese did not preside over the rape case, and a motive has yet to be announced by police.
News outlets report that Richmond approached the judge as he was entering the courthouse. He proceeded to shoot multiple times in the stomach at point-blank range.
A nearby probation officer fired on the suspect, and so did Judge Bruzzese. The suspect was hit three times and died as a result of his injuries.
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