Judge Joseph J. Bruzzese Jr. was on his way into work when he was ambushed in the parking lot outside the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville. The 65-year-old judge had worked in that particular courthouse for twenty years.
The shooting went down at 8:00 a.m. on a Monday, August 21. Two suspects were waiting for the judge to arrive. When Judge Bruzzese got out of his car and started making his way towards the building, one suspect exited a vehicle at the back of the parking lot and opened fire hitting the judge in the chest and stomach.
The judge did manage to return fire with his own gun before a probation officer who was also nearby opened fire killing the suspect. Bruzzese was rushed to hospital via helicopter.