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Judge, Joseph Bruzzese shot at by Nathaniel Richmond, father of Ma’Lik Richmond

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More details are emerging about the Jefferson County Judge, Joseph Bruzzese, who was shot at in front of the court house. While it was reported that the judge was shot at and was injured, it was not reported that the judge despite being injured had retaliated by firing five shots at the person who had actually ambushed him.

Now it is being reported that the man who fired at least five shots at the Jefferson County Judge Joseph Bruzzese was awaiting the arrival of the judge. Authorities claim that the attacker who was shot dead by a probation officer. One accomplice of the shooter who was waiting for the judge in a car was arrested from the scene of the crime.

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Reports suggest that the person who shot at the judge was the father of a Steubenville High School football player convicted of rape in 2013. Nonetheless there is no clear motive assigned to the crime thus far.




Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin told the media that suspect who was shot dead by probation officer in retaliation has been identified as Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma’Lik Richmond.

Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla told the media that the shooting happened just outside the Jefferson County Courthouse around 8 a.m. near Ohio River in Steubenville. He also told the media that court video showed the judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. firing at the gunman.

Gov. John Kasich says that the judge is stable and not in danger. He was reportedly flown to a Pittsburgh hospital.

In the meantime State Representative Candice Keller in the Ohio House of Representatives in a Facebook post said, Our thoughts and prayers go out to the members of Steubenville’s Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. as he was ambushed by shooters while walking into the Jefferson County courthouse today…We pray for a swift recovery for Judge Bruzzese and that his family might feel peace right now. An armed probation officer shot one suspect and officers have taken a second person into custody. Thank goodness for strong, competent law enforcement and security…It is a frightening time to be in leadership in this country. We need to pray for civility and calm as we press forward to open dialogue and resolution in a difficult time.

65-year old Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr is a respected judge on the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas in Steubenville, Ohio. He joined the court in 1998. Bruzzese was re-elected to the Jefferson County Court of Common Pleas in 2014, winning a new term that expires on February 8, 2021. The Judge received both his undergraduate degree and his J.D. from the Ohio Northern University. He was the county court judge at Wintersville for many years before being elected to replace longtime common pleas judge Domenick Olivito in 1995. Bruzzese won re-election to his latest term in 2014.

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