Shot was intentionally fired in Richland County Courthouse, sheriff’s office says

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MANSFIELD, Ohio- The Richland County Sheriff’s Office now says the single shot inside the courthouse Thursday morning was fired intentionally.

The incident happened at the Richland County Courthouse just before 10 a.m. during a board of commissioners meeting. Sheriff Steve Sheldon said Michael Skidmore, 58, caused a disturbance, prompting two security guards to intervene. During a struggle, a gun belonging to a security officer was discharged, but the bullet hit a wall.

Originally, investigators believed the shot was accidentally fired, based on statements from witnesses. On Friday, the sheriff’s office announced the shot was intentional.

Sheldon requested the assistance of the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation Crime Lab.

Both security guards suffered injuries during the fight, including bite wounds.

Skidmore, of Mansfield, was charged with felonious assault.

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Richland County Courthouse

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