A judge was shot and wounded Monday in a deliberate “ambush-style” assault outside a courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, and a suspect died during a shootout, a local sheriff told reporters.
Common Pleas Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. received medical attention after being shot about 8 a.m. outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in the eastern Ohio city more than 38 miles west of Pittsburgh.
“Fran and I are praying for Judge Bruzzese and his family at this difficult time,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said, referring to his wife.
Connie and I are thinking of Judge Bruzzese and his family, and we pray for his recovery. -SB https://t.co/YxqGMMHGJS
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A subject shot at Bruzzese, who then returned fire with his own weapon. A probation officer, who was behind Bruzzese, also fired at the suspects. Jefferson County Sheriff Fred J. Abdalla said five shots were fired by the suspect and five shots were fired by Bruzzese. It’s unclear how many shots the probation officer fired.
“Clearly looking at the one video, you see the attacker coming up toward him,” Mavromatis said. “I’d say he was the intended target.”
Mavromatis called the attack a “deliberate act against our city’s judge.”
He confirmed the suspect died at the scene. Abdalla said the suspect’s body was not yet removed from the courthouse.
Abdalla said a second man was in the passenger seat of the suspect’s car, which was parked near the shooting. That unidentified man was taken to a nearby hospital where he is being treated for a bullet that ricocheted and hit him.
The second man is not considered a suspect at this time, but is being questioned by police.
Mavromatis said both men had criminal records and “one may have” appeared before Bruzzese. He added that Bruzzese was Lifeflighted to a Pittsburgh-area hospital in stable condition.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation had assigned its Special Investigations, Crime Scene, and Cyber Units to investigate the shooting.
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