Judge, suspect shot outside OH courtroom

Saul Bowman
August 22, 2017

He was flown to a Pittsburgh-area hospital, where he was undergoing surgery.

Per the Post, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla told reporters that an "individual laid in wait for our judge" in what "was an ambush and an attempted murder on our judge".

Sheriff Abdalla said he had advised the 65-year-old judge several years ago to carry a firearm during his commute. The passenger told police he had been drinking with the suspect, who said he needed to go to court.

Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot near the courthouse in Steubenville, just across the Ohio River from West Virginia's northern panhandle, roughly 30 miles west of Pittsburgh.

Mavromatis said the suspect was killed, and a second man who was in a auto with the suspect was taken into custody by City Police.

Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor said Monday morning's attack on Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese (bruh-ZEEZ') Jr.is a reminder of the real potential for violence against judges. A probation officer, who was behind Bruzzese, also fired at the suspects. You have a judge shot in front of his court house, and that affected me.

Neither the suspected shooter nor his suspected accomplice were immediately identified.

Officials believe the probation officer hit the suspect.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation will handle the investigation.

Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis tells WTOV-TV that Bruzzese was talking after being wounded. He says BCI's special investigations, crime scene and cyber units are on the case.

The other man who was seen on video in the suspect's vehicle is not being treated as a suspect at this time.

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