Judge Shot in ‘Ambush’ at Ohio Courthouse: Reports

August 21, 2017 Updated: August 21, 2017    

An Ohio judge was shot Monday morning, Aug. 21, at the courthouse where he works, said an official.

Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was shot at the Jefferson County Courthouse and was taken to a hospital via a medical helicopter, WTOV reported.

The judge was able to talk to others after he was shot, reports said. Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis said that he believes the judge is currently in stable condition. But other reports, like one from ABC News, said that his condition is not immediately clear.

The suspect gunman was shot dead by a probation officer who returned fire. A second person was taken into custody, but it’s unclear how this person is connected to the shooting, WTOV reported. The person was in the same car as the alleged gunman.

A motive for the shooting wasn’t released by police.

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Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was shot at the Jefferson County Courthouse and was taken to a hospital via a medical helicopter, WTOV reported. (Google Maps)
Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was shot at the Jefferson County Courthouse and was taken to a hospital via a medical helicopter, WTOV reported. (Google Maps)

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the incident was called an “ambush shooting” by officials.

The courthouse was closed for the day after the shooting.

No other information was immediately available.

According to public records, Bruzzese has served at the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas since 1998.