A Baltimore City Circuit Court judge had just sentenced a man to life in prison when he threw a metal water pitcher at her head, police say. Judge Wanda Heard, struck in the forehead around 10:40am Wednesday, immediately ordered a recess as she sought medical treatment, reports the Baltimore Sun. Travis Burroughs, the defendant who'd been sentenced to life "with all but 70 years suspended" on a conviction of sodomy and false imprisonment, was seized by a sheriff's deputy and a corrections officer.
The Baltimore Sheriff's Office indicated new charges related to the incident would be filed. "We are the enforcement arm of the court, and we will not allow anyone to assault or intimidate any of the judiciary officers here," a rep tells the Sun, adding security protocols will be reviewed. Burroughs, 36, was sentenced to 80 years in prison for second-degree rape, assault, and false imprisonment in 2018, per the Sun and WMAR. Allegations that he assaulted a corrections employee in May will be heard at trial in January, per WBAL. (Read more Baltimore stories.)