The Jackson County Courthouse was closed Wednesday morning after shots were fired inside.

At approximately 10 a.m., a man walked into the Jackson County Courthouse armed with a handgun on his side.  After being refused entry by courthouse security deputies, the man drew his weapon and was shot. 

Medical attention was provided at the scene and he was later transported to Huntsville Hospital. His status is unknown. No other injuries were reported.  The man’s name is not being released at this time, according to authorities.

The State of Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) State Bureau of Investigations (SBI) were contacted and responded to investigate this shooting incident.  

The courthouse will reopen Thursday.

Sheriff Chuck Phillips thanked all the agencies who responded promptly to the scene to assist especially the Scottsboro Police Department, Scottsboro Fire Department and Highlands Ambulance Service.  

A shooting occurred at the courthouse in 2006, when a man shot two people on the courthouse lawn after a child custody hearing. John Christopher Lee Sr. was convicted of two counts of attempted murder and sentenced to life in prison.

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