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E. Q. Taft 24 August 2018 09:38 PM

Judge fatally shoots himself after a lengthy standoff with police. Hostages are safe
 
A judge arrested last week for threatening the mother of his child with a rifle, shot and killed himself early Friday morning, ending a tense 10-hour standoff. At one point, police begged him to flicker the home’s lights to show that everyone was unharmed and to release a 13-year-old girl.

When it ended, federal administrative law judge Timothy Maher was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. And the family members he held hostage inside the barricaded South Miami-Dade home — including the teenage girl — were unharmed.

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/loc...217263685.html

thorny locust 24 August 2018 10:33 PM

They may not have been physically injured; but I very much doubt that they're unharmed.

-- According to the story, the shooter had already had to be talked out of his house by the police on two recent previous occasions, the second occurence after he was already out on bail for the first. Possibly it wasn't only the judge who was showing bad judgement; though I don't know enough about the details of the relevant law to know whether they could legally have kept him in and/or returned him to jail.


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