Man gets into Broward courthouse with gun


Published: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:05 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, January 15, 2011 at 10:05 p.m.

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A man distraught over child support payments snuck into the Broward County courthouse and held a gun to his chin.

A deputy chased Marin Stroia upstairs Friday where he sat on the floor — a single bullet in the gun. Judge Joel Lazarus pleaded with Stroia to put the gun down so they could talk. The 59-year-old surrendered and was charged with aggravated assault.

Lazarus said he was upset about his divorce and needed someone to listen.

Witnesses said earlier they watched Stroia step out of line and try to bypass courthouse metal detectors. He slipped through the exit door as someone was leaving.

Court deputies say they frequently stop people from trying to enter through the exits. They're advocating to have lockable, one-way revolving exit doors installed.

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Information from: South Florida Sun Sentinel, http://www.sun sentinel.com

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