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2 deputies wounded at Fauquier, Va., courthouse

Authorities say an inmate shot a deputy and stabbed another in a holding cell at a northern Virginia courthouse. The two deputies are in stable condition after being taken to the hospital. (Dec. 30)

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By James Hohmann
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 31, 2009

A man awaiting trial on bank robbery charges stabbed a Fauquier County sheriff's deputy in the face and shot another deputy in the leg at the courthouse in Warrenton on Wednesday afternoon, police said.

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The Fauquier County Sheriff's Office said the deputies were listed in stable condition at hospitals last night. Master Deputy Charles Embrey, who was shot, was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital.

George Golder Phillips, 30, of Warrenton had been taken from the local jail to a holding cell at Fauquier County Circuit Court for a routine court appearance, Sheriff's Lt. James Hartman said.

About 1 p.m., in the courthouse holding cell area, Phillips stabbed Deputy Thomas Leake, 41, in the face with an unknown object and apparently grabbed Leake's gun from its holster, authorities said.

Hartman said Phillips then shot Embrey, 38, who was trying to assist Leake.

Phillips was promptly taken back into custody, authorities said.

In November, Phillips was charged in connection with three Fauquier County bank robberies, Hartman said.

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