Judge, Sheriff’s Deputy Shot, Stabbed in Wash. Courthouse

By ABC News

Mar 9, 2012 5:52pm

 

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Reported by Brandon Chase:

MONTESANO, Wash. – A judge was stabbed in the neck and a female sheriff’s deputy was shot and stabbed inside the Grays Harbor District Courthouse here in the tiny town of Montesano,  about 100 miles southeast of Seattle.

 The suspect fled the scene following the attack, temporarily sending local schools and many businesses into lockdown.  Police and a SWAT team quickly surrounded a house on the east side of town, where they believe the suspect is hiding.  Aerial footage supplied by KOMO-TV shows several snipers positioned around the house.

 Court was not in session at the time of the attack, and exactly where the shooting and stabbing took place within the 100-year-old courthouse is not known.

 Both the judge and the deputy are reported to be in stable condition at a nearby hospital.

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