Official: Judge hurt in attack at Wash. courthouse

March 9, 2012 - 5:35 PM

MONTESANO, Wash. (AP) — An attack at a courthouse in Washington state wounded a deputy and a judge on Friday and police were looking for a suspect, according to initial reports from the state patrol.

Washington State Patrol Trooper Russ Winger said the attack included shooting and stabbing, but he did not know the extent of the injuries at the Grays County Courthouse, about 90 miles southwest of Seattle.

Authorities were looking for one man who may be armed with a pistol. Authorities asked a local radio station to tell Montesano residents to lock their doors because of a suspect at large. Area buildings, including schools, were on lockdown.

Firefighter Adam Bigby said a crew was dispatched to the courthouse about 12:10 p.m.

Kathie Wilson, who works at a law firm half a block from the courthouse, said her office locked their doors after getting a call from her daughter-in-law who was locked in a school while picking her child.

"Everybody in our area has called each other, locking down, we are all watching and waiting to see when everything is OK," Wilson said.