WA courthouse shooting suspect arrested

WA courthouse shooting suspect arrested

Olympia : WA : USA | Mar 10, 2012 at 4:46 PM PST
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Suspect arrested in Wash. courthouse attack

A normal rainy day in Washington state brought good news for over 100 law enforcement officers who spent the morning on a manhunt for the assailant allegedly responsible for shooting a police woman and stabbing a judge at a courthouse on Friday.

It was just after 12:00 p.m. on Friday when Grays Harbor Superior Court Judge David Edwards heard a scuffle, looked down the central staircase just in time to see an unusual site. A man dressed in nice "courthouse attire" was wrestling with a sheriff's deputy and stabbing at her with a knife, according to the Seattle Times.

The 63-year-old judge ran to help and found himself smack dab in the middle of it. The man began stabbing Edwards in the back of the neck, threw him against a wall and managed to grab the gun, a .45-caliber handgun from the Deputy who he had initially attacked.

The man fired the gun twice hitting Deputy Polly Davin in the shoulder. The attacker then fled the courthouse with the handgun, according to the Sheriff's Department.

Saturday brought the police to a home in Olympia where at around 1:30 p.m. the suspect, 34-year-old Steven Daniel Kravetz, was arrested, according to the Seattle PI.

In a strange twist, the police were not only looking for Kravetz, but also his mother Roberta L. Dougherty, 58, who is suspected of driving him from the scene after the incident. It is not clear whether she knew what had happened at the time, but she tipped off the police to her son's whereabouts so they could take him into custody.

The prosecutor involved in the case will be pleased to note they will have a stronger leg to stand on in court as the deputy's gun was found inside the house where Kravetz was arrested.

It will be interesting to see if those in charge of security at the courthouse will be able to do anything about the lack of metal detectors which would have stopped the shooter at the door before an attack ensued, as surely they would have found him armed with the knife.

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