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Manhunt after judge, sheriff's deputy injured in Wash. courthouse attack
SEATTLE (AP) ' A 34-year-old man suspected of stabbing a judge and shooting a sheriff's deputy with her own weapon in a courthouse struggle called his mother for a ride out of the area, investigators in Washington state said Saturday.
Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Undersheriff Rick Scott identified Steven Daniel Kravetz as the lone assailant in Friday's attack in Montesano, Wash., which injured Judge David Edwards and Deputy Polly Davin.
Dozens of law enforcement officers continued their man hunt Saturday for the suspected attacker.
Authorities believe he may be in neighboring Thurston County, because he earlier took a bus from the state capital of Olympia in that county to the coastal town of Montesano, about 90 miles southwest of Seattle.
"He acted alone and we know him to be the assailant," Scott said. "We're operating under the belief that he's still armed."
Kravetz fled the courthouse with the officer's .45-caliber handgun after the attack and showed up about an hour or so later at the office of his former attorney and asked to the use the phone, Scott said.
The attorney had represented Kravetz a number of years ago and "didn't know anything was up," Scott said.
Investigators believe Kravetz called his mom, identified as Roberta Dougherty, at about 3 p.m. and that she apparently gave him a ride out of the area, Scott said.
"We don't know what her knowledge or involvement is," the undersheriff said, adding: "We're concerned for her welfare. We don't know what his mental, emotional state was following the incident."
Around noon Friday, the deputy responded to a report of a suspicious person at the courthouse and confronted a man, Scott said. During a struggle, she was stabbed with either a small knife or scissors.
The judge intervened, striking the assailant, who then stabbed him, authorities said.
Davin reached for her gun, but it was wrestled away by the man, who shot twice, striking her in the shoulder before fleeing, Scott said.
Both the judge and the sheriff's deputy were treated and released from a hospital hours after the attack.
"Why he was at the courthouse yesterday remains a mystery," Scott said, adding that his motive is unclear.