Judge shot at OH courthouse was presiding over case involving suspect

Nathaniel Richmond

Judge shot at OH courthouse was presiding over case involving suspect

Police took into custody a second man believed to have been in a auto with the suspected shooter, according to WKYC-TV.

When an OH judge walked toward the Steubenville courthouse where he presides to start his day Monday morning, police said an armed man was waiting for Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. - and ran up to him and opened fire in an apparent ambush.

The suspect, 51-year-old Nathaniel Richmond, was fatally shot by a probation officer.

Richmond's lawsuit alleges the home had exposed electrical wires and had missing and inoperable smoke alarms.

Bruzzese is recovering at UPMC Presbyterian in Pittsburgh.

The Jefferson County Courthouse remained closed Tuesday.

The bullet didn't hit any vital organs in the lower abdomen, and the wound was repaired with surgery, according to Frank Bruzzese.

"He had nothing to do with it".

"This individual laid in wait for our judge", Abdalla said, tearing up during his remarks.

Abdalla - who described the judge as an avid hunter and sportsman, the paper noted - said he urged Bruzzese years earlier to arm himself.

"With all the nutcases going around, it could happen again". In a freakish twist, the shooter was identified by authorities on Monday afternoon as Nathaniel Richmond, father of one of the two teenage boys found delinquent - or guilty - in 2013 as part of that rape case.

Instead, Bruzzese was presiding over a pending wrongful-death civil case that Nathaniel Richmond had filed after his mother died in a house fire.

According to the The Associated Press, Richmond was stopped several hours before the shooting for driving with a faulty headlight.

Bruzzese fell to the ground and attempted to retrieve his weapon.

According to Abdalla, Richmond approached the courthouse early Monday morning in a vehicle with another person before leaving and returning. A probation officer who was nearby ordered Richmond to drop his weapon, and when Richmond pointed the firearm toward the officer, the officer shot him. I've worked with him on issues surrounding the Jefferson Metropolitan Housing Authority, and I know he is committed to the people he serves. Commissioners' next meeting is on Thursday.

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