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A security officer was wounded in a drive-by shooting outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix, according to reports Tuesday.

A suspect was later taken into custody and officials don’t believe there’s any “continued threat to public safety,” the FBI said.

An investigation is ongoing and no additional information available, the bureau added.

The incident took place around 11:30 a.m. local time in front of the Sandra Day O’Connor US Courthouse, according to reports.

The unidentified officer, who works for the US Marshals Service, was struck in their protective vest, The Associated Press said, citing a law enforcement source.

The victim was taken to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Cops also released a surveillance image of silver vehicle leaving after following the shooting, according to azcentral.com.

The incident followed Saturday’s shootings of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were critically wounded during an ambush by a gunman who walked up to their parked vehicle and opened fire.

The deputies — a 31-year-old mother and a 24-year-old man — were both shot in the head but are expected to survive in what LA Sheriff Alex Villanueva has called a “double miracle.”

Their assailant remains at large and a motive for the unprovoked attack in Compton is unknown.

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Toilet paper sells out in Scotland as new COVID-19 lockdown looms

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What a pain in the butt.

With a new coronavirus lockdown possible in Scotland, people are once again on the hunt for toilet paper, according to the Scottish Sun.

Residents have been storming stores to stockpile the basic necessity like they did back in March during the first lockdown, the news outlet reported.

The panic buying spree comes as the nation awaits word from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon later Tuesday about the restrictions to stem the spread of the virus.

But it is not only TP that people have been after.

Shopper Gemma Connolly was shocked to find barren shelves at the Asda store in Govan, Glasgow.

“I spoke to a young guy who told me that a woman with a three-day-old baby was in tears because she couldn’t find powdered milk,” she told the news outlet.

“He also said an old lady had been in earlier looking for toilet roll and there was none left,” Connolly added. “It’s disgusting the way some people are behaving. It’s like some kind of apocalypse is coming.”

Among the measures Sturgeon could announce are curfews at pubs and restaurants, rules on households meeting and limits on travel, according to the BBC.

Her counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland also will join the discussion in an effort to find a common approach as the UK’s COVID-19 alert level moved to 4 — meaning the virus is “high or rising exponentially.”

About 2,500 people have died of the illness in Scotland.

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Nephew suspected in shooting death of high school football coach

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A Florida high school football coach was fatally shot at his home — and his 15-year-old nephew is a suspect in the slaying, according to a report.

Miami Senior High School football coach Corey Smith, 46, died at his home in northwest Miami-Dade County from “multiple gunshot wounds” early Monday and his teen nephew — who has yet to be identified — was the only other person known to be inside the residence at the time, the Miami Herald reports.

The teen, who was speaking with detectives Monday, had been staying with Smith following the death of his father — Smith’s brother — in December after he and another man hijacked a UPS truck and died in an ensuing shootout with police, the newspaper reports.

“The 15-year-old in the home was unharmed,” Miami-Dade Det. Alvaro Zabaleta told the Herald. “We’re still waiting on a warrant to get into the home.”

Smith’s nephew said he was studying inside the home when he heard gunshots, law enforcement sources told the newspaper.

Neighbor Willie Jones said Smith was known to get his players “on the right path,” including into college and beyond.

“There’s a lot of kids that’s in the league, college, probably wouldn’t have made it through high school without him because he was always there for them like a big brother, uncle, father figure,” Jones told WPLG.

Smith also taught at Charles Drew Middle School in Miami-Dade’s Brownsville section, where he helped form the future NFL career of T.Y. Hilton, who now plays wide receiver for the Indianapolis Colts, his father told the station.

“He touched a lot of lives, a lot of young minds,” Hilton’s father, Tyrone, told the station. “A role model in this community.”

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University of Miami football coach Manny Diaz told reporters at a press conference Monday he and his staff were “deeply saddened” by Smith’s death, which came less than 24 hours after the father of New England Patriots running back James White — a former star at St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale — died in a car crash in Broward County.

Tyrone White’s wife, who was driving, remained in critical condition Monday, the Herald reports.

“It’s been a very difficult year in the South Florida high school coaching community,” Diaz said. “This is another difficult moment. It was hard news to hear that this morning.”

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A good Samaritan is outraged because he risked his life to save a mom and her kids from a violent pervert at Hudson River Park — only to to learn the suspect was quickly released without bail.

“It’s basically a lawless free for all,” hero Denis Goncharov lamented of New York City, after learning the suspect will remain free until a December court date.

“Like in the movie ‘Joker,’” he told The Post.

As a dad of two grade-school-aged girls himself, Goncharov, 33, says he hadn’t thought twice about leaping between a terrified family and a deranged man who had walked up to their park bench last week and starting masturbating.

Goncharov chased the creep for more than half a mile through Greenwich Village to help cops catch him — even after the still-exposed man picked up a brick from the ground and ran at his head with it.

“What upsets me is the kids he was exposing himself to were similar age to my daughters,” Goncharov explained of his bravery. “I imagined the kids being harassed were my own.”

Denis Goncharov
Denis Goncharov

It was Sept. 8, a sunny Tuesday afternoon, and Goncharov  — who lives in Westchester and works in finance in Manhattan — was eating his lunch on a park bench near Pier 45 off Christopher Street when he saw the man leave the nearby public restroom, pants open.

Police later identified the man as Justin Merritt, 34.

Merritt has a long misdemeanor rap sheet — mostly for criminal possession of stolen property, trespassing and turnstyle jumping, but with at least one aggravated harassment arrest thrown in, law enforcement sources said.

Merritt allegedly walked straight over to a mom and her two kids.

“From my recollection it was a boy and a girl, aged around seven to ten,” Goncharov recalled.

“They were sitting on the bench and looked very scared. They were similar age to my own kids, who were fortunately back home at this time.”

The man “started to touch himself in a sexual way, and was by this point approximately six, seven feet from the scared woman, who was attempting to cover their eyes.”

Goncharov jumped up from his own bench about 20 feet away, screaming.

“My dad instinct kicked in,” he explained.

Justin Merritt
Justin Merritt

“I tried to form a human barrier by jumping in between,” he said. “At this point, he backed off from the family and focused his attention on me.”

As the mother dialed 911, Goncharov and the man squared off.

“He was right up close to me in a very confrontational and menacing way,” Goncharov said.

“In self defense, I was forced to push him away from me, Goncharov remembered.

“At that point, he — unsuccessfully — tried to spit on me and called me ‘White trash.’”

Merritt then allegedly picked up a brick and lunged, “aiming for my head,” according to Goncharov and prosecutors.

Goncharov ducked, then grabbed a nearby orange traffic cone — more of a shield than a weapon, but it was all he could find, he said.

“Nobody else attempted to intervene,” he said, though he saw “a few people backing away and timidly filming the scene on their iPhones.”

When his adversary took off, pants still open, Goncharov followed, dialing 911 and filming the pervert’s retreat.

“I followed him for six, seven blocks all the way to Slaughtered Lamb pub, and the suspect then disappeared down into the 4th Street subway entrance,” he said.

In a 911 call recording he shared with The Post, Goncharov is heard breathlessly telling an NYPD dispatcher, “He has a brick; he has a weapon … He’s getting away from the scene. He exposed his penis to children — this man is a pedophile. He’s a sex offender.”

Clothes Merritt allegedly attempted to ditch
Clothes Merritt allegedly attempted to ditch

Police caught up to Merritt at 8 p.m., and after a night in jail, he was charged with lewdness, harassment, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon — the brick.

All four are non-violent misdemeanors. Under bail reforms signed by the governor, and in effect since January, none of the charges are eligible for bail.

At Merritt’s arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court the next day, he was assigned a lawyer from the New York County Defender Services and a judge had no choice but to release him on his own recognizance.

Even in 2019, most judges would similarly “ROR” most misdemeanor defendants, said Sergio De La Pava, the NYCDS legal director.

“Though also as a general principal the more contact you have had with the criminal justice system, the higher chance that bail would be set,” De La Pava said.

If Merritt re-offends between now and his next court date, which is Dec. 8, “potentially he could be put back in” by a judge, he added.

“A lunatic like this is able to re-offend again and again and without consequences,” Goncharov complained.

“I felt sorry for the hardworking NYPD officers who often feel so powerless,” he added.

“The law is completely letting down innocent, law abiding citizens. Shootings, burglaries and violent crime are off the charts — and is it any wonder?”

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