A court security officer working for the U.S. Marshals Service was shot in the vest in a drive-by shooting at the Sandra Day O’Connor U.S. Courthouse in Phoenix, Arizona a short time ago.
The shooting was at around 11:30 am local time (that’s 2:30 eastern).
BREAKING: Shooting outside 401 W. Washington, near the Federal Courthouse. Non-life threatening injuries. #PhxPD looking for vehicle shown in this picture. Any tips call 602-262-6151 or https://t.co/hF4eXJ45F8 pic.twitter.com/wfvu8u5drX
— Phoenix Police (@PhoenixPolice) September 15, 2020
The FBI is investigating this as an assault on a federal officer.
The FBI is investigating an assault on a federal officer. Anyone with information contact Silent Witness at 480-Witness. pic.twitter.com/vci5aYAQVQ
— FBI Phoenix (@FBIPhoenix) September 15, 2020
The Star-Tribune says that “court security officers work under the direction of the U.S. Marshals Service but generally are employed by private security companies,” although the FBI is referring to person who was shot as a federal officer.
The officer was hit in the protective vest and the injuries are not life threatening.
Coming so soon after the weekend horror in Compton this will certainly see a lot of scrutiny with regard to motive. Considering it was a drive-by and directed at the closest law enforcement figure, it’s not hard to imagine what may have been behind the attack.
Here’s some local news coverage.
Every day it’s something new and bad.