Roxboro, N.C. — An officer-involved shooting was reported inside the Person County courthouse on Thursday afternoon.
A source told WRAL News that a person was in court for a misdemeanor of false imprisonment and was found guilty.
The source said the man started yelling and threw a chair. City of Roxboro officials said it appeared the man attempted to attack people inside the courtroom, including the bailiff.
The source said two court officers worked to subdue the man, but apparently during the struggle the man got a hold of one of the officer’s guns. At that point, an officer shot the man, according to the source.
Roxboro city officials said one person was taken to a hospital in critical condition. One officer received a broken arm and the other broke an arm during the scuffle, according to the source.
The Person County courthouse was closed for the rest of the day on Thursday after the shooting.
People who live in the area are stunned at what unfolded.
“I didn’t expect something like that to happen in Roxoboro,” said Leslie Evans, who lives near the courthouse. “But then again, with all the craziness that’s been happening lately, I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.”
The State Bureau of Investigation will be handling the investigation, which is typical in an officer-involved shooting. Person County District Attorney Mike Waters said Wake County’s District Attorney, Lorrin Freeman, would be handling the incident along with SBI since employees from Waters’ office were in the courtroom during the shooting.
Freeman said she will review all eyewitness accounts and evidence collected by SBI.
“The SBI is on the ground trying to do the investigation and we’ll just see what the evidence brings forward,” explained Freeman.
Courthouse security will not be a part of Freeman’s investigation, but she said she expects the shooting to raise questions for the Person County and Roxboro communities.
“I think it’s prude for all of those involved in running the courthouse to look at it once the criminal investigation is done [and] determine are there things that could have been done differently and are there changes that need to be made,” said Freeman.
Freeman said the investigation is expected to take months.