Ohio judge shot outside courthouse; perp killed by responding officer

Ohio judge shot outside courthouse; perp killed by responding officer
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[Ed. – The judge, it turns out, was carrying, and fired back at the shooter.  Which may well have saved his life.]

An Ohio sheriff says a judge walking to work at his county’s courthouse was injured by a gunman’s bullets but managed to fire back before a probation officer ultimately killed the suspect.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla (ab-DAL’-uh) says courthouse video shows Judge Joseph Bruzzese (bruh-ZEEZ’) Jr. firing about five shots at the gunman, who also fired about five shots.

Abdalla told reporters after Monday’s shooting that investigators are familiar with the suspect and are checking to see if he had any connection with the judge.

The 65-year-old judge underwent surgery at a Pittsburgh hospital. Republican Gov. John Kasich (KAY’-sihk) says he’s been told the judge is expected to survive.

The judge was shot in an alleyway by the courthouse.

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