NM: Suspect attacks prosecutor in court

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ALAMOGORDO, NM - It was an attack no one in this Alamogordo courtroom knew was coming.

This was the scene last Wednesday when 31-year-old Michael Cox charged Deputy District Attorney Scot Key shoved him to the ground and then tried to punch him.

The attack set off a panic with people jumping out of their seats, including the judge, as deputies tackled Cox and the prosecutor tried to jump in for some payback.

Cox had just been found guilty of criminal sexual contact for fondling a girl.

The attorneys had just approached the judge for a sidebar when the chaos erupted.

Kaedea Smith is the deputy who took Cox down.

KaeDea Smith  | Transport Officer: “I was able to get a hold of the defendant and use the least amount of force possible to go ahead and detain him to get him under control”.

Now Cox could be in more trouble.

Daron Syling | Otero County Sheriff's Officer: “Right now we are reviewing the tapes we are looking as to what possible charges could be filed and we go from there.”

They say that the quick thinking of Deputy Smith defused what could have been a much worse situation.

Our deputy was immediately in there and took control. Of course our priority is that we have to maintain the safety of the courtroom and all those involved to include the counsel, the judge, the jury and also the suspect.