Nathaniel Richmond, the father of Ma’lik Richmond – one of two then-football star teens found guilty of raping a 16-year-old girl – allegedly shot Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. outside of the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville around 8 a.m.
The gunman was shot dead by a probation officer.
Bruzzese, who was armed, also returned fire, an official said, and he was rushed to a Pittsburgh-area hospital by helicopter. He is believed to be in stable condition.
Police took into custody another suspect who was riding in the car with Richmond.
Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr. was shot in an ‘ambush’ outside Steubenville, Ohio courthouse, early Monday
Nathaniel Richmond stands next to his son Ma’lik Richmond after the younger Richmond, a high school footballer was convicted of raping a 15-year-old, last March.
Trent Mays and Ma’lik Richmond during the rape trial in 2013
Bruzzese did not oversee trial for the Aug. 11, 2012 Steubenville High School rape case that gained national attention, but did ask that an outside judge be appointed to convene the grand jury due to unproven allegations of a cover-up.
Ma’lik Richmond, who was 16 at the time of the incident, served nearly 10-months of a year-long sentence in juvenile detention after being convicted of raping a minor in March 2013.
Recently, he was given the opportunity to become a member of the football team at Youngstown State University, prompting backlash.
The Ohio university said that Richmond would not be playing in games for the fall 2017 season, but would remain on the team as a practice player.
The other student who was convicted in the rape case along with Richmond is Trent Mays.
Ma’Lik Richmond, [ photo, left] served just nine months for his part in the repeated rape of a 16-year-old girl in August 2012.
The case caused national uproar after it emerged that the attackers, Richmond and Trent Mays, had repeatedly sexually assaulted the girl and documented the acts on social media.
It also caused controversy after allegations of a cover-up emerged, with claims that evidence was tampered with to protect the two high school football stars.
Richmond began his sentence on 1 April, but his lawyer confirmed that he had been released from a juvenile detention centre in Ohio.
His early release sparked an outcry from the supporters of the victim because he failed to address his crime or apologize for it.