Mississippi judge shot, critically wounded outside of Meridian courthouse

Police block off streets following the shooting of Lauderdale County Chancery Court Judge Charles Smith outside the Lauderdale County Courthouse, in Meridian, Miss., on Monday, March 16, 2020. Smith was shot and critically wounded in the parking lot outside the courthouse. (Dave Bohrer/The Meridian Star via AP) Associated Press

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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