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Shooting outside U.S. courthouse in Phoenix wounds federal officer; suspect in custody

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Scene of the federal courthouse shooting in Phoenix.

PHOENIX, Arizona -- Authorities say a drive-by shooting has wounded a federal court security officer outside the U.S. courthouse in downtown Phoenix and a person has been taken into custody.

Police and the FBI say the officer was taken to a hospital and is expected to recover.

The FBI says someone was detained later Tuesday and there’s no indication of a further threat to the public. It says it's not releasing more information as it investigates.

A law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity says the officer works for the U.S. Marshals Service and was struck in their protective vest.

Court security officers work under the direction of the U.S. Marshals Service but generally are employed by private security companies.

The shooting came after two Los Angeles County deputies were shot and critically wounded as they sat in their parked police vehicle.

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