Abilene District Attorney reacts to fatal shooting of Kaufman County Assistant D.A.

POSTED: 7:37 PM Feb 01 2013
ABILENE, Texas -

The fatal shooting of Kaufman County, Texas Assistant District Attorney Mark Hasse shocked the community and hit home for one Abilene attorney.

"You can't let it affect you but yes, you think about it and then when something like this happens you think about it even more," said Taylor County District Attorney James Eidson.

Eidson said he's been threatened before.

"We're the last one that stands up and talks about them and the need for justice and often sending them to prison and they go away from trials very often seeing us as the bad guy," said Eidson.

He said several security measures are in place at the Taylor County Courthouse.

There is only one entrance to the courthouse, there are cameras scattered inside and outside the building, and every guest must pass through a metal detector and have their belongings screened.

Judge Downing Bolls says he feels safe with the current measures.

"Officers do go out and police the grounds and walk around and there are cameras outside the building that allows them to see what's going on in the parking lot as well so i think they're doing everything they can to keep us safe," said Bolls.

Both say security can only go so far.

"You often think that if someone really wants to plan it out it could be difficult to protect against it if that's what they're set on doing," said Eidson.

"At the end of the day you never really know what people are going to do just take all the steps you think you can take that will keep something bad from happening. But this serves as a reminder to all of us that's dangerous out there," said Bolls.

There are no current plans to beef up security at the courthouse but officials said that choice could be made if the need arises.