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New Suspect in Washington State Courthouse Attack

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#1 Mar 10, 2012
New Suspect in Washington State Courthouse Attack

Updated: Saturday, 10 Mar 2012, 2:25 PM EST
Published : Saturday, 10 Mar 2012, 2:25 PM EST

(NewsCore)- Police in Washington state on Saturday identified a new suspect in the stabbing of a judge and shooting of a sheriff's deputy at a courthouse Friday.

The Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office is seeking 34-year-old Steven Daniel Kravetz in connection with Friday's attack at the Grays Harbor County Courthouse in Montesano, about 80 miles (129km) southeast of Seattle, KOMO-TV reported.

On Friday, police named the suspect as Michael Thomas, after Kravetz told a deputy that was his name before allegedly stabbing Superior Court Judge Dave Edwards in the neck and shooting Deputy Polly Davin with her own gun.

Detectives said Kravetz fled the courthouse and ran to a lawyer's office, where he called his mother, Roberta Dougherty, according to KIRO-TV.

Authorities believe Dougherty gave her son a ride to the Olympia, Wash., area and may still be with him.

Based on the false name Kravetz allegedly gave, police armed with automatic weapons surrounded the Montesano home of a Michael Thomas on Friday afternoon, but found no one there.

A sheriff's spokesperson said Davin and Kravetz had been involved in a struggle after Davin was called to the courthouse to investigate reports of a suspicious person.

Edwards was stabbed with a small knife or scissors when he intervened. Kravetz then allegedly got hold of Davin's gun, threw her to the floor and shot her.

Both victims were treated at a local hospital and released.

Read more: KOMO-TV

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