AL Judge Pulls Gun in Courtroom Fray

A Municipal Court judge in Alabama pulled a gun when a defendant tried to hit the judge with a crutch in the courtroom. Then the defendant tried to get the judge’s gun and was shot by a police officer, a state trooper told the Birmingham News.

“When he tried to attack the judge, the judge pulled out a firearm to defend himself. As he (the defendant) was trying to pull the gun from the judge, that’s when the police officer shot him,” Trooper Chad Joiner said.

In the rural courtroom, the defendant went wild after he was convicted of harassment, a witness told the Associated Press; there were varying eyewitness accounts of the incident.

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