Man Shot by Security Guard Near Philly Federal Courtroom Charged With Attempted Murder: Authorities have accused a man from Bristol of attempted murder and assault on a federal officer after they claim he flashed weapons outside the federal courtroom in Center City on Tuesday morning before being shot by a security guard.
Around 9:30 am, according to authorities, Anthony Lombardo, 44, parked a white Dodge caravan close to the intersection of Seventh and Filbert Streets. U.S. Marshals stated that the area he parked in was only accessible to judicial staff. Less than a minute after Lombardo parked, a court security guard only known as L.J. — his real name has not been made public — approached the car’s passenger window.
Authorities said that Lombardo exited the automobile holding a sizable kitchen knife in his right hand before approaching the officer from the front of the car. According to federal law enforcement sources, he was repeatedly told to put down the weapon.
According to Robert Clark, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, “That court security officer feared for his life and discharged his firearm numerous times.”
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Continuing to approach the police, Lombardo was injured by the officer’s gunshot, according to court records. The documents claimed that after Lombardo fell to the ground and slashed his knife into a neighboring tree planter, he reached into his left sleeve, prompting the security guard to withdraw his weapon.
Other security guards assisted in capturing Lombardo while he was on his back. According to the criminal complaint, officers thought Lombardo might be concealing an explosive device due to an extensive, square outline under his grey hoodie. The strangely shaped object was temporary body armor, according to the docs. Two cell phones were found in the caravan, and a second knife was discovered protruding from Lombardo’s left arm.
According to the criminal complaint, Lombardo instructed law police to let him bleed to death as he was being handcuffed. According to a U.S. Attorney’s Office representative, he was transferred to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital for surgery and remained there on Wednesday.
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Regarding what would happen to the security officer, Clark remained vague. In terms of the [security guards’] contract, he stated, “We have policies and processes that we’re going to have to follow. According to Clark, the Marshals hire numerous retired police officers as security guards for the federal courthouse, and it’s not uncommon for them to approach cars parked in prohibited areas and ask the owners to move.
The U.S. Marshals Service and the FBI’s Philadelphia Division are also investigating the case. Lombardo may spend up to 20 years in jail if found guilty. He did not have counsel listed in the court records.