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Sheriff: Video shows Ohio judge’s shooting outside courthouse

August 22, 2017

A sheriff says the man who shot a judge outside the courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, had driven to a neighboring bank, walked quickly toward him from a parked car and fired, and the judge returned fire.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said surveillance video captured the scene Monday.

The suspect, 51-year-old Nathaniel Richmond, was fatally shot by a probation officer. The wounded judge, Jefferson County Common Pleas Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr., was expected to survive.

Abdalla said Richmond had arrived at the bank a short while before the shooting, left and then returned and shot the judge as he walked into work.

The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register in nearby West Virginia reported the judge was overseeing a wrongful death case that Richmond filed against a housing authority over a fire that killed Richmond’s mother and a toddler.

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