2005 story? (Link via Six Meat Buffet
ATLANTA - A judge presiding over a rape trial was shot to death Friday along with two other people at the Fulton County Courthouse, authorities said. A fourth person was critically wounded and the suspect, the defendant at the trial, remained at bay hours later.
How did the perp get the gun? Classical Values linked this MSNBC story (emphasis added):
Until Friday morning, Nichols, a 6'1" 210 pound former college football line backer and computer consultant, was in jail and standing trial for his alleged kidnapping and vicious assault on his former girlfriend. When returning Nichols to his jail cell from court on Thursday, jailers searched his shoes and found that he had smuggled two "shanks" or knife-like weapons from his jail cell into the courtroom. When advised of this, presiding Judge Rowland Barnes ordered additional security for Nichols' court appearance on Friday, however, he was nonetheless allowed to be alone that day with 5'1", 51-year old sheriff's deputy Cynthia Hall.
Nichols overpowered Deputy Hall, grabbed her Beretta .40 cal. semi-automatic pistol, ammo magazines and police radio, and beat and shot the deputy.
Hall survived, but Superior Court Judge Rowland Barnes, court reporter Julie Brandau, and deputy sherriff Hoyt Teasley were killed.
Somebody once said that history doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes. Another petite female law enforcement officer has been overpowered and shot, this time in New Orleans, and this time the female officer was killed (emphasis added):
A vagrant wanted for questioning in a rape overpowered a 24-year-old police officer who was trying to handcuff him, then shot her to death with her own weapon Monday, police said.
[Police officer Nicola] Cotton was responding to a call about a rape suspect when she saw Johnson sitting in front of a store with luggage, police said.
Riley said the officer approached the man in her police cruiser and began questioning him. When she tried to handcuff him, the suspect attacked her and a seven-minute fight ensued, he said.
The officer managed to use her radio during the struggle to call for backup, but the man grabbed her weapon and shot her repeatedly, Riley said.
"I can tell you this officer fought with a man twice her size, and she fought very courageously," Riley said. "She followed procedure as far as we're concerned."
At the very least, NOBODY should be trying to handcuff a suspect twice his or her mass without another officer present.