Mississippi judge shot, critically wounded near courthouse


MERIDIAN, Miss. (AP) – Police say a judge has been shot and critically wounded outside a courthouse in Mississippi.

WTOK-TV reports that Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was shot Monday morning outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse in downtown Meridian.

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Meridian Police Lt. Rita Jack says Smith was getting out of truck to go inside the courthouse when the gunfire happened.

Jack says investigators had no immediate suspect or description of a vehicle which might have been involved.

Police planned to review surveillance video of the area.

Jack says the judge was taken to a hospital in critical condition with a gunshot wound near his abdomen.

Jack said police believe one shot was fired.

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