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Man injures four in courthouse

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September 19, 2003

(Fort Valley-AP) -- A man wielding a bat and knife burst into the Peach County courthouse and injured four people. The attack stopped when a county investigator shot the man in the stomach.

Police say 24-year-old Donald Benjamin was on bond awaiting a trial on charges that he beat a city police officer. Authorities say he walked into the courthouse in middle Georgia about 9:00 am yesterday and started beating people inside. One victim suffered a serious head wound.

An armed investigator for the district attorney, James Jones, apparently ordered Benjamin to drop his weapons. Authorities say Benjamin refused and Jones fired once, hitting Benjamin in the stomach.

All the victims were taken to a hospital, but their names and conditions were not available. Benjamin was being treated at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon, and his wound was not considered life-threatening.

After the shooting Jones was placed on administrative leave, and the courthouse was closed for the rest of the day.

posted at  11:05AM by dave.miller@walb.com