On Monday, a man shot a judge in what is being described as an “ambush-style” attack accordingly to local authorities. The incident took place outside a county courthouse and the shooter, identified as the father of a high school football player that had been convicted of rape in 2013, was then shot by the judge and a probation officer.
As reported by Fox News, Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was “ambushed” as he walked towards the county courthouse, located in Steubenville, Ohio, on Monday morning.
Nathanial “Nate” Richmond was identified as the shooter. According to CNN, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla described the event as a “cold blooded, attempted murder on a judge.”
Richmond, who is the father of Ma’Lik Richmond, a Steubenville High School student who was convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2012 and is serving a year-long sentence for the crime, approached Bruzesse as he was walking to the courthouse. Richmond then shot the judge several times in the abdomen at point-blank range.
Bruzzese, who was carrying a weapon at the time of the attack, returned fire. According to Abdalla, a probation officer on the scene also shot the suspect. In total, Richmond was shot three times and has since died from his injuries.
Based on video captured at the courthouse, Abdalla believes approximately five shots were fired by Bruzzese at Richmond, though the probation officer may be the one who fatally shot Richmond during the incident.
“If there wasn’t a probation officer, this gentleman would have kept shooting until he killed the judge,” said Abdalla.
A second suspect who was in a vehicle with Richmond was also arrested during the incident. The courthouse was subsequently closed to ensure officers could secure the scene.
Bruzzese was airlifted to an area hospital after the shooting, and Ohio Governor John Kasich stated he’d been told that the judge is expected to survive.
At this time, the motive for the shooting is unknown, as there has yet to be an identified direct connection between the judge and Richmond or Richmond’s son.
However, Judge Joseph Corabi asserts that Bruzzese was “clearly an intended target,” as judges park in reserved spaces near the courthouse.