Prominent Alabama judge shot, seriously wounded in alleged domestic incident; son taken into custody
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A prominent Alabama judge was seriously injured on Saturday when a domestic incident devolved into a shooting at his home, and the judge’s adult son was taken into custody, authorities said.

Montgomery County Circuit Judge Johnny Hardwick, who serves as the presiding judge over Alabama’s Fifteenth Judicial Circuit, “was involved in a domestic incident with his son and suffered serious injuries from a gunshot wound,” Montgomery Assistant Police Chief Wesley Richerson told The New York Post.

Deputies responded at approximately 1 p.m. to the residence, and the judge’s son, Khalfani Ahmed Hardwick, 36, was taken into custody within the hour, WSFA reported. 

“I am just asking that we continue to pray for the judge,” Montgomery County Sheriff Derrick Cunningham said, according to Just The News. 

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed reacted to news of Hardwick’s shooting in a statement Saturday. 

Hardwick during police swearing in ceremony

Judge Johnny Hardwick speaks during a swearing-in ceremony for Police Chief Darryl Albert at the Montgomery Municipal Justice Center on March 28, 2022. (IMAGN/The Montgomery Advertiser)

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Judge Johnny Hardwick during this difficult time,” Montgomery County Commission Chairman Doug Singleton said in a statement of his own. “The entire Montgomery County Commission wishes him a full recovery. We’d also like to thank the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office on their quick response.”

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