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First published online November 25, 2009

Research Note: Courthouse Shootings 1907-2007


As long as there have been courthouses, there has been a danger of violence surrounding them. Courthouses are a place where people take conflicts to be solved. The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 by foreign terrorists and the earlier 1995 attack against the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City by domestic terrorists has increased the awareness of the need for more security in public buildings. In this descriptive study of 500 sheriff’s departments across the United States, 114 courthouse shootings are examined for motive, weapon availability, and casualties occurred.

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Article first published online: November 25, 2009
Issue published: February 2010


  1. courthouse violence
  2. court security
  3. domestic violence
  4. shootings

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Published online: November 25, 2009
Issue published: February 2010



Gregg W. Etter
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, [email protected]
Warren G. Swymeler
University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg

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