Authorities said Monday that the man who shot a judge outside an Ohio courthouse, before being gunned down by a probation officer, was the father of a Steubenville High School football player who was convicted of rape in 2013.
The gunman, who was identified as Nathaniel "Nate" Richmond, was killed around 8 a.m. outside the courthouse. Richmond's son, Ma'Lik, served about 10 months in a juvenile lockup after being convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl in 2012.
Officials said they don't believe Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr., who Richmond shot, had any involvement in Ma'Lik's case.
“There’s absolutely no reason to believe there’s any connection whatsoever between Ma’Lik Richmond and the actions of his father today,” said Jefferson County Prosecutor Jane Hanlin.
Hanlin added that a visiting judge from Hamilton County handled most of the rape case.
Numerous police agencies are on scene at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, Ohio, where a shooting has been reported.
Steubenville City Manager James Mavromatis says Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was ambushed and shot outside the courthouse. Bruzzese is being taken for treatment by medical helicopter. Mavromatis says he was talking after the shots were fired and is said to be in stable condition. Judge Bruzzese's family is aware of the situation, our affiliate WTOV reported.
Watch WTOV's live coverage of the shooting.
One suspect has died after being shot by a probation officer who returned fire. A second suspect has been taken into custody after the shooting.
“We’re starting to put this whole picture together, but basically what you have is the judge is going to work, these subjects were waiting for them. He comes up, shoots at the judge. The judge returns fire,” Mavromatis said. “We also have a probation officer that was behind the judge. He returns fire as he is shot at. The subject is deceased that he shot at.
“This probation officer has done his job. He reacted to the threat, trying to save the judge and any other bystander that may have been in the area.”
Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots.
"My alarm went off at 8 a.m., and I snoozed it, and a minute or two later, I heard approximately 7 or 8 gunshots, and I went to look out the window and I seen somebody in a white shirt, probably a detective, kneeling down firing at something, and that’s when I knew something happened down here," witness Cody Allison said.
Commissioners say the courthouse is shut down for the day. Employees are not permitted inside.
“There's people who were workers in the courthouse who witnessed this,” Jefferson County Commissioner Thomas Graham said. “A lot of people traumatized in light as to what occurred. Think that everybody needs a little time to settle down a little bit, get their thoughts together regarding this very tragic situation. Our prayers go out to Judge Bruzzese and his family.”
Additionally, traffic is closed off in the area of Market Street, though the Market Street Bridge remains open. Caution tape surrounds the left side of the courthouse.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.