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Judge Shot and Critically Wounded at Courthouse

MERIDIAN, MS (Ben Caxton) — A Mississipi judge has been shot and critically wounded outside the Lauderdale County courthouse in Meridian. Chancery Judge Charlie Smith was getting out of his truck to go inside the courthouse Monday morning when he was shot in the abdomen. The judge was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Police believe one shot was fired and are reviewing surveillance video of the area. Chancery judges in Mississippi handle divorces, child custody cases, adoptions, and guardianships.

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