Judge shot in 'ambush' outside Steubenville courthouse

Judge shot in 'ambush' outside Steubenville courthouse

"It just hurts. First thing on Monday morning, you have a judge shot in front of his courthouse".

A subject shot at Bruzzese, who then returned fire with his own weapon. "I'd say he was the intended target". Police quickly responded while Bruzzese was airlifted to a nearby hospital, where he remains in stable condition following emergency surgery.

Ma'Lik Richmond is now on the Youngstown State football team but is not allowed to play in any games, the school said earlier this month in responding to criticism surrounding his participation.

This story has been corrected to show that the probation officer, not the judge, is believed to have fired the shot that killed the gunman.

A gunman shot and wounded a judge in an ambush outside an OH courthouse on Monday before the assailant was fatally shot by a probation officer, authorities and local media said.

"This was cold blooded, attempted murder on a judge", he said. He called him fair, hard-working, well-liked and "a tough son of a gun". "He spots issues and he resolves the issues".

According to court records Judge Bruzzese was the original judge who determined that a visiting judge should be appointed to oversee the case against Ma'Lik Richmond and Trent Mays, accused of raping an unconscious 16-year-old in 2012. He has served on that court since 1997, according to OH supreme court records.

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Officials closed the courthouse for the rest of the day.

The suspect's body was still lying next to a auto in the Huntington Bank drive-thru area this morning.

Sheriff Abdalla told reporters that the Richmond got out of the vehicle and fired five gunshots as he approached Judge Bruzzese, Jr. until he was near point blank range. He was most recently re-elected in 2014 for another six-year term. A second person was taken into custody, but it's unclear how this person is connected to the shooting, WTOV reported.

The chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court is calling the shooting attack on a judge going to work a cowardly ambush.

The attack "reminds us all of the very real potential for violence against judges", Maureen O'Connor said.

The state crime lab will help investigate the shooting, said Republican Attorney General Mike DeWine.

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