Crime and Punishment

Breaking: Former White House fence jumper shot dead after pulling knife at PA Courthouse


“Investigators said Curtis Smith, 34, of Coatesville, Pa., stormed the Chester County Justice Center around 11 a.m., setting off metal detectors and triggering a lockdown, the PhiladelphiaInquirer reports.“[He] came directly into the justice center and pulled out a knife and attacked a deputy sheriff, slashing him,” District Attorney Tom Hogan said on Tuesday afternoon.

Another deputy responded by opening fire on Smith, striking him, Hogan said. Smith was taken to Paoli Hospital, where doctors pronounced him dead. The injured sheriff’s deputy, whose identity was not released, was treated for wounds to his arm and hand and is listed in stable condition. No one else was harmed.”

This was a different White House fence jumper than the one we reported on back in September. Smith was charged with unlawful entry for that incident, but was released pending a hearing in October. I wish the Deputy a speedy recovery, and hope that the Government spends the money it saves on Smith’s trial to good use.



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