A 68-year-old man who opened fire on a judicial security officer in Phoenix, Arizona, has been arrested and charged with assaulting a federal officer, the FBI said Wednesday.
James Lee Carr is accused of driving a silver sedan Tuesday near Federal Court in Sandra Day O’Connor and shooting the officer three times, hitting him with his protective vest.
The officer returned to the fire, firing back eight times as Carr walked away.
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Carr called his brother, who contacted the rest of his family, and was able to pull out his gun and call authorities. According to court documents, Carr told his son that he “broke and shot a security guard”; because “he was harassing him.”
The security guard was inspecting a UPS truck to enter the center’s courthouse at the time of the shooting. He was taken to hospital with injuries that did not endanger his life and is expected to fully recover.
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Carr’s son said his father has mental health issues. He remains in federal custody.
In June, a judicial security officer was shot dead while guarding a federal court in Oakland amid protests over police brutality. An Air Force sergeant with connections to the far-right “Boogaloo” movement was charged during the shooting.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.