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Defendant shot by Campbell bailiff during struggle



Published: Fri, March 5, 2010 @ 11:07 p.m.

CAMPBELL

A woman appearing in Campbell Municipal Court this afternoon on a probation violation was shot by the court bailiff after she fled outside, trying to avoid being arrested, reports say.

According to WFMJ, The Vindicator’s broadcast partner, the woman ran from the courtroom to a car in the parking lot, where another person was in the driver seat.

Judge Patrick Cunning’s bailiff, James Cioffi, ordered the woman to stop, then struggled with her as she was sitting in the car, WFMJ reports.

During the struggle, Cioffi’s .40-caliber pistol fired and struck the woman in the torso.

She was taken to St. Elizabeth Health Center, where she was listed in stable condition tonight, according to WFMJ.

Neither Police Chief Gus Sarigianopolos nor Detective John Rusnak, who is investigating the incident, returned phone calls Friday night.


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