While metal detectors and other security measures are common at courthouses today, it took two deadly rampages in the early 1990s before the widespread adoption of security screenings in state and county courthouses in North Texas. Federal courthouses, which operate under a different system, beefed up security following the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing.
On July 1, 1992, George Lott opened fire inside the Tarrant County Courthouse, killing two lawyers, seriously wounding two appellate judges and grazing another attorney.
Lott had been indicted a few months earlier on aggravated sexual assault charges stemming from allegations that he had sexually abused his son at a motel in Peoria, Ill., according to police and court records. He was scheduled to be tried July 24 on the more serious of the charges, according to the prosecutor’s office in Peoria, where the son lived.