Defendant dies after struggle, shooting inside Person County courtroom
ROXBORO, N.C. (WITN) - A man who was shot during a courtroom struggle in Person County has died.
The SBI identified the man as 35-year-old Christopher Vaughan.
The shooting happened just before noon on Thursday at the Person County Courthouse in Roxboro.
The SBI says Vaughan, who was on trial, tried to take a bailiff’s weapon.
Investigators say a Roxboro police officer then fired his gun, hitting the man.
Vaughan, who became enraged after he was convicted of a misdemeanor false imprisonment charge, died later at Duke University Hospital.
The bailiff received a gash on his head and scratches on his neck, while the officer had a broken hand.
The SBI is looking into whether the shooting was justified.
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