February 3, 2011 / 6:26 PM / 7 years ago

Man shot by police after attacking judge in court

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) - A police officer at a court in a small Alabama town shot a defendant on trial after the man attacked the presiding judge on Thursday, according to the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

The defendant at the courthouse in Goodwater, central Alabama, was taken by ambulance to Sylacauga and later transferred by helicopter to University of Alabama at Birmingham hospital, the bureau said.

“A defendant attacked the Municipal Court judge and attempted to forcibly obtain a firearm when he was shot by a Goodwater police officer who was providing courtroom security,” the statement said.

Local media said only one person was hurt in the incident, which took place in a town northeast of state capital Montgomery.

Reporting by Peggy Gargis and Verna Gates, writing by Matthew Bigg, Editing by Greg McCune

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