Gunman killed after wounding judge in ambush outside Ohio courthouse

Aug 21 (Reuters) - The father of a former Ohio high school football player convicted of rape shot and wounded a judge in an ambush outside an Ohio courthouse on Monday and was fatally shot by a probation officer, authorities and local media said.

The suspect killed at the scene was Nathaniel Richmond, Jefferson County prosecutor Jane Hanlin told a news conference.

Richmond was the father of Ma'Lik Richmond, one of two high school football players convicted of raping a 16-year-old girl at a 2012 party in Steubenville, Ohio, local TV station WFMJ reported Hanlin as saying at the news conference.

The rape case drew national attention after images of the unconscious victim circulated online and hacker group Anonymous demanded justice.

Hanlin did not say at the news conference whether there was any link between Ma'Lik Richmond's conviction and the shooting of Judge Joseph Bruzzese Jr.

She was not immediately available for comment.

Bruzzese was flown by helicopter to a Pittsburgh hospital where his condition was described as stable after the attack at the Jefferson County Courthouse in Steubenville, the WKYC-TV news station reported.

Police took into custody a second man believed to have been in a car with the suspected shooter, according to WKYC-TV. Officials closed the courthouse for the rest of the day.

Ma'Lik Richmond served 10 months of a one-year sentence for the rape.

Richmond's co-defendant, Trent Mays, was convicted of rape and child pornography for using his phone to take a picture of the rape victim naked. He was sentenced to two years and released in 2015, according to local media.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen in New York and Jon Herskovitz in Austin, Texas; Editing by Patrick Enright and Sandra Maler)

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