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Sixteen-Year-Old Boy Killed By Franklin County Deputy At Courthouse

Esther Honig
Franklin County Sheriff Dallas Baldwin and Chief Rick Minerd of the investigative sub-division spoke at a recent press conference.

Sixteen-year-old Joseph Haynes was killed in a shooting after a fight broke out at the Franklin County Courthouse on Wednesday afternoon, the Sheriff's Office confirmed.

Haynes was attending a hearing in the domestic relations courtroom for a charge of menacing with a firearm. As that hearing concluded, an altercation broke out between a deputy, Haynes, and some of his family members.

At this time, it is not known what provoked the altercation and who specifically was involved. 

"The deputy was knocked to the ground as part of that altercation where he came under attack from some of the folks that were involved, family members, and one shot was fired," said Chief Rick Minerd of the investigative sub-division. "Unfortunately, we are told that Haynes was hit in what we are told is the abdomen."

Haynes was brought to Grant Medical Center, and was pronounced dead shortly after arrival. The deputy, whose name has not yet been released, was not shot but was taken to Riverside Hospital with other, non-life-threatening injuries.

The deputy has been placed on administrative leave as an investigation is ongoing.

This article will be updated as the story develops.