Man Kills Self on Steps of Virginia Courthouse

Yellow police tape surrounds the stairwell of Richmond’s John Marshall Courts building after a man took his own life on the court’s steps this morning. (Photo by Brad Kutner)

RICHMOND (CN) – Richmond’s John Marshall Courts Building closed its doors early Wednesday after a man took his own life on the courthouse steps.

According to Richmond Police, the department received a call of a disturbance shortly after 11:15 AM. After arriving on the scene, several eyewitnesses told detectives a man had been shot and the gunshot was self-inflicted.

No one else had been threatened or injured.

Courts were in session when the incident occurred and local reports said those inside the courthouse were ushered out a side entrance to avoid the scene.

Sheriff’s officers who stood guard around the taped-off stairwell at 400 N. 9th street refused to comment.

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