Courthouse shootings suspect in custody

[JURIST] Brian Nichols, 33, who fled an Atlanta courthouse after Friday's fatal shootings of Judge Rowland Barnes and two others [JURIST report] was arrested Saturday, ending the largest manhunt in Georgia state history. Nichols was taken into custody in an apartment complex north of Atlanta, after a woman called authorities to tell them that Nichols had entered her residence. After SWAT teams surrounded the complex, Nichols is reported to have come out waving a white cloth. When the courtroom shooting occurred, Nichols was facing a possible life sentence for rape, assault, and false imprisonment. According to police, Nichols disarmed the female sheriff's deputy escorting him outside the courtroom, and then re-entered the courtroom, taking those inside hostage. He then allegedly shot dead Judge Barnes, the court reporter, and then another sheriff's deputy upon fleeing the courthouse. AP has more.



 

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