OH judge shot in 'ambush' outside courthouse, returns fire at attacker

This undated still image from video provided by WTOV-TV in Steubenville Ohio shows Jefferson County Ohio Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. Bruzzese was shot and wounded Monday Aug. 21 2017 as he walked toward his county's courthouse in Steubenville Ohio

Emergency officials have confirmed there was a shooting outside of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio Monday morning.

Bruzzese Jr. received medical attention after being shot outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in eastern Ohio.

The judge, Joseph Bruzzese, and a court probation officer both fired at the suspect, report the Steubenville Herald-Star, the Washington Post, the Associated Press and NBC News. Once the bullet slugs are removed from the body, it will be determined who shot the suspect.

The courthouse will remain closed for the day as the investigation continues. "It was a cold-blooded attempted murder on a judge".

Authorities said Bruzzese was taken into surgery.

Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis told the outlet that the judge was able to talk after the shooting and it's believed that he's in stable condition.

Mavromatis said the judge returned fire with five shots, and so did a probation officer following closely behind the judge.

Abdalla said a second man was in the passenger seat of the suspect's auto, which was parked near the shooting. This second person, who was also not identified, did not get out of the vehicle and was wounded by a possible bullet ricochet and taken to the hospital, the sheriff said.

Sheriff Abdalla said in a press conference Monday morning that the passenger never got out of the vehicle.

Ma'Lik Richmond served about 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted with another Steubenville High School football player of raping a 16-year-old girl during an alcohol-fueled party in 2012. It was unclear whether the shooting related to Bruzzese's work, which involves hearing criminal felonies as well as some civil cases, according to the court's website.

Abdalla said the suspect's gun was in point-blank range, near the judge's stomach. He added: "Thank God he's not that good a shot". BCI has assigned its Special Investigations, Crime Scene, and Cyber Units to this investigation.

"Fran and I are praying for Judge Bruzzese and his family at this hard time".

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