Charges of attempted murder after a man was shot dead near the Philadelphia courthouse

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal authorities say a man who was shot and wounded by a security officer outside the federal courthouse in Philadelphia was armed with two knives and has been charged with attempted murder and assault.

The FBI said in a criminal complaint Wednesday that a private security officer hired by the US Marshals Service approached a minivan illegally parked in front of the courthouse around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Authorities said Anthony Lombardo, 44, of Bristol, got out and approached officers with a large kitchen knife in his hand. The security officer fired and Lombardo fell to his knees and dropped the knife, but grabbed something up the sleeve of his long-sleeved shirt and the security officer fired again, authorities said.

Federal police officers told reporters Tuesday that the suspect ignored orders to drop his gun.

As Lombardo received medical attention, two witnesses reported a second knife being taken from him, authorities said. A “square, bulky object” under his sweatshirt that police officers feared might conceal an explosive turned out to be “makeshift hard plastic body armor,” authorities said.

Lombardo, who was taken to a hospital, was charged with attempted murder and violent assault on a federal officer and a person assisting such an officer. Court documents list no defense attorney for him; A phone number listed under that name rang unanswered Wednesday night and was then disconnected.

https://www.abc27.com/pennsylvania/attempted-murder-charge-filed-after-man-shot-near-philadelphia-courthouse/ Charges of attempted murder after a man was shot dead near the Philadelphia courthouse

Brian Ashcraft

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