Supreme Court orders security study of Nevada courthouses |

Supreme Court orders security study of Nevada courthouses

Nevada Appeal Capitol Bureau
Two people enter a federal building in Las Vegas with a board that covers a broken window, Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2010. A gunman opened fire in the lobby of a federal building in downtown Las Vegas on Monday, killing one court officer and wounding a second before he was shot to death. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)

Supreme Court Chief Justice Ron Parraguirre has ordered a study of security for all of Nevada’s courthouses in the wake of the shooting at the Las Vegas federal courthouse.

The shooting left one security officer dead and a deputy U.S. marshal wounded. The shooter, Johnny Lee Wicks, was also killed.

The study will match a national review of federal courthouse security ordered by federal authorities.

“Many of Nevada’s rural counties have aging courthouses that were not constructed to cope with today’s security concerns,” said Parraguirre.

Even in Clark and Washoe, he said court officials struggle to adequately protect workers, lawyers, judges and those appearing in court.

The study will include a review of security at Nevada’s Supreme Court as well as county and city courts from district and justice of the peace to municipal courts.

He said he will ask for help from the U.S.. Marshal’s Service in assessing Nevada’s courthouses, a service they provided in reviewing the century-old White Pine County courthouse in Ely during 2007.