BREAKING NEWS: Nueces County sheriff confirms judge found dead at courthouse
CORPUS CHRISTI — State District Judge Tom Greenwell was found dead from a gunshot wound Monday night in his chambers, Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin confirmed.
Corpus Christi police, medics and Nueces County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded about 7 p.m. to the courthouse after a report that a man was found with a gunshot wound to the head.The courthouse closed at 5 p.m.
It was unclear how a gun could have passed through security or been within the county building, equipped with security personnel and a metal detector. Attorneys, judges, and some media outlets who have courthouse identification badges typically aren’t required to pass through the security checkpoint.
Judges who have concealed handgun licenses are allowed to bring registered firearms with them to the courthouse.
Police said the Nueces County Sheriff’s Office would be the lead investigating agency, given it is a county building. Calls to Nueces County Sheriff Jim Kaelin weren’t immediately returned.
Early in the investigation it appeared authorities responded equipped for a search of an active shooter. After a few minutes police left and county workers calmly walked to their cars saying they had not been ordered to leave the premises and security personnel guarding seemed calm.
Greenwell was first elected judge of the 319th District Court in Nueces County in 2001, becoming the first Republican ever to win a countywide judicial race in Nueces County. He was reelected in 2006 and ran unopposed in 2010. He was serving his third term.
In November, he lost a bid for the 13th Court of Appeals Judge for Place 2 to attorney Nora Longoria, a Democrat.