A Cleveland judge on Friday was not wearing any “protective gear” when she fired an officer’s gun, court documents show.
In court records, the judge, Margaret O’Brien, said she was wearing a “face mask” and a “shoulder pad” when police officers, who were patrolling the parking lot of her court building, approached her.
She said she had no idea the officers were armed.
O’Neil did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The officer who fired the shot had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal investigation, Cleveland Municipal Court records show.
The shooting occurred on Nov. 5, 2016, as O’Neill was presiding over a bench trial of an Ohio man accused of driving with a suspended license.
The suspect, David Lee Broussard, then took off in his car, which police later found to be loaded with a handgun and several magazines, according to court records.
A short time later, police were called to a home in nearby Woodlawn for a report of a person who was acting erratically and displaying a gun.
The man had been shot in the leg and was taken to Cleveland Clinic Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, records show, citing a police report.
In a later statement, the city’s police chief, Michael McGrath, said the officer was “in no way, shape or form an armed felon,” according to a Cleveland.com report.
“In the early hours of this morning, the officer discharged his firearm and the suspect was struck and critically injured,” McGrath said.
“At this time, the suspect is deceased.
The circumstances of his death are under investigation by the Cleveland Police Department.
The Cleveland Police Officer is on administrative duty pending the results of the investigation.”
O’Neill has not been charged with a crime.
In an interview with WKYC-TV in Cleveland on Friday, O’Connor denied that she fired the officer, saying she was “shocked” by the shooting.
She said she has been told she will face disciplinary action and a lawsuit from Broustard’s estate.
Broussards family did not respond to an interview request.
The shooting occurred during a trial of Brousard, who faces a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after an argument in October 2016 at a suburban Cleveland apartment complex.
The charges stem from a confrontation between Brouster and a neighbor, who claimed the Brousters were drunk.