Defendant Reportedly Tried to Take Bailiffs Gun and Gets Shot By Officer in North Carolina Courtroom

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Officials confirmed Friday that a defendant who was shot by an officer after assaulting a bailiff in a North Carolina courthouse had died.

According to the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation, a Roxboro police officer shot Christopher Thomas Vaughan, 35, shortly before noon Thursday after he attempted to seize the bailiff’s pistol at the Person County Courthouse.

Vaughan was brought to Duke University Hospital and died there.

According to officials, the Roxboro officer’s hand was fractured, while the bailiff had a laceration on his head and scrapes on his neck. Both were hospitalized and have subsequently been released.

Friday, neither the officer nor the bailiff were named.


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