Hero Judge Chases & Catches Inmate Who Attempts Escape – From Court

Hero Judge Chases & Catches Inmate Who Attempts Escape – From Court



Washington State District Court Judge R.W. Buzzard:

“I was shocked at first, I didn’t know what to think.”


Courthouse video shows 2 inmates being led out of the courtroom October 16, Tanner Jacobson 22, and Kodey Howard, 28.

Rather than just following orders to go back to the jail, the inmates are seen bolting for the door to the hallway.

It seemed that no one was there to stop them, save for one Judge Buzzard who quickly leaped into action.


Both were still handcuffed. Inmate Kodey Howard did a faceplant, lost a shoe and fell behind his companion, Tanner Jacobson.

Judge Buzzard threw off his robe and chased after the escaping inmates.

“By the time they hit the door, I’m like ‘there’s nobody between them and the street.’ So I wanted at least to find out where they were going.”

“Once I got to the stairwell I knew I was going to be able to catch the one that was just in front of me because I immediately started gaining on him. I was yelling at them all the way down the stairs to ‘stop, you’re making things worse.’”

The judge was able to catch Kodey Howard in a bear hug.

While Tanner Jacobson made it to the street but didn’t get far, and was arrested a few blocks away.

But hold on, believe it or not this is not the first time Judge Buzzard has been hailed a hero in recent months.

“In April I had the unfortunate circumstance of having to wrestle a litigant to the floor who had attacked an attorney.”

Apparently the courthouse is pretty small because there was no security at the time because it was a civil case.

“I found out at that time that grappling in a robe is very restrictive. I couldn’t imagine what running down the stairs and being in a robe, so I got it off as soon as I could and went after him.”

Let this be a lesson to anyone thinking about pulling anything stupid in Judge R.W. Buzzards courtroom, make no mistake about it, if he feels the need to take you down, he is going to take you down.


Way to go Judge Buzzard.

Cristal M Clark

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