Ohio Judge Shot In ‘Ambush’ Outside Courthouse, Returns Fire Killing Suspect

Ohio Judge Shot In ‘Ambush’ Outside Courthouse, Returns Fire Killing Suspect

An Ohio judge in Steubenville (OH) was shot Monday morning outside his courthouse in an ambush attack that ended when the judge and a probation officer returned fire, killing the suspect.

Police said a man apparently waiting for Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr., who sits on the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas, ran up to the judge and began shooting when he approached the courthouse. Bruzzese drew a gun and fired at least five rounds at the shooter, possibly hitting the attacker, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred J. Abdalla said.

Authorities still did not know what might have motivated Monday’s shooting. She said Nathaniel Richmond did have a criminal history and was involved in a pending case, but it was unclear if that case had anything to do with the shooting.

Judge Bruzzese was in stable condition.

A probation officer also returned fire and it not yet known which rounds killed the attacker.


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  1. R Paul Haffley

    see this tis why concealed or open carry should be legal as our rights say no matter whit. as it helps lower crime an enhances public safety , as most will not even think to cross a armed citizen as it always wis years ago .. 😉 so hope dear honourable that ye git better this duncan scottish single dad & biker lad in w. pa jis by ohio line beaver county hopes ye be fine , https://www.facebook.com/RPaulJakobHaffley

  2. Once Called "Ice"

    Good on ya’ judge!

    Hope you get better soon.

    Seems concealed carry is not a bad thing after all.

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