Union Gap court shooting suspect held on $500k bail
Yakima, Wash- The man accused of disarming a security officer and firing his gun inside a court building Thursday was back in front of a judge Friday.
Michael Garza is accused of 1st degree assault; attempt to disarm an officer, 11 counts of reckless endangerment, resisting arrest and 3rd degree escape.
The 19-year-old appeared in Union Gap municipal court Thursday on a shoplifting charge. Police say when the judge ordered him into custody, Garza tried to escape and fired two shots from the security officer's gun.
Nothing like that happened Friday when he was brought to Yakima County Superior Court though where security is much tighter.
"To say that it would never happen, you know I can't say that but I think the security measures that are in place are good, I think they've been proven to work well", says Ed Campbell, director of the Yakima County Department of corrections where many superior court hearings are held.
Unlike the Union Gap municipal court, there are typically at least two officers inside the court, or one inside, and one outside the door.
In the case of high-risk prisoners, like today with Garza, there are multiple officers in the court.
Garza has 10 convictions on his record four of them felonies according to the prosecutor. He's being held on $500,000 bail.