Judge deputy attacked at Grays Harbor courthouse

first_imgMONTESANO, Wash. (AP) — A man wounded a judge and a sheriff’s deputy in a shooting and stabbing attack Friday at a courthouse in a tiny Washington state town that was later placed in lockdown as authorities hunted for the assailant.Grays Harbor Community Hospital spokesman David Quigg said Judge David Edwards and Deputy Polly Davin were stable and conscious after the attack at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse, about 120 miles northwest of Vancouver.State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger said the attack included a shooting and stabbing, but details of the injuries were not immediately known.Much of the town of Montesano remained on lockdown as authorities surrounded a home where they believed the suspect may be armed with a pistol.The attack comes less than four months after Edwards had joined a lawsuit to protest planned state budget cuts he said were making the courthouse where the attack occurred dangerous. According to budget information from the county, the superior court budget had been cut from $733,320 in 2010 to $645,818 for 2012.“Anyone can enter the courthouse carrying weapons,” said the lawsuit filed in December. According to the lawsuit, there had been a number of dangerous episodes inside the courthouse in the last two years, including a defendant charging at one judge in the courtroom and a man armed with knife asking directions to the office of a judge.last_img

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