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FBI: Holocaust Museum shooter expected to survive

Sun., June 14, 2009, 9:49 a.m.

WASHINGTON — Authorities say the man charged with killing a security guard at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will likely survive the injuries he suffered when other museum guards returned fire.

FBI Supervisory Special Agent Katherine Schweit said in a written statement Saturday that government lawyers told court officials that James von Brunn “was in critical, but stable, condition with an expectation of survival.” They made the statement Thursday when von Brunn’s case was called for an initial appearance hearing.

The 88-year-old von Brunn — who lived briefly in Hayden — is charged with murder in the Wednesday shooting of 39-year-old security guard Stephen T. Johns. Von Brunn was shot in the face in the exchange Wednesday.

The hearing was postponed until von Brunn could be present, and a lawyer was appointed for him.

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