- Cullman, Alabama

December 13, 2012

STATE: Man dead after shooting self inside B'ham courthouse

Associated Press
Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM — Police say a federal employee is dead after shooting himself inside the city’s main federal court building in Birmingham.

Sgt. Johnny Williams says an unidentified worker pulled out a weapon and shot himself once in the head about 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

No one else was harmed, and Williams says there wasn’t a threat to anyone else in the building.

Williams says the shooting occurred in a first-floor clerk’s office. He says the man apparently was able to get the weapon inside because he worked in the building, where visitors are normally required to go through metal detectors.