Courthouse assault suspect was arrested in Grand Coulee


Joshua Maher, the man suspected in the assault of a Grant County Courthouse security officer Tuesday, was captured in Grand Coulee Wednesday afternoon.

Maher, 34, was the subject of a massive manhunt after he tried to enter the courthouse in Ephrata early Tuesday and refused to show his hands to the female officer.

That led to a confrontation that spilled outside, where the unidentified officer suffered a broken kneecap and finger.

Another female officer tried to use a Taser on Maher but was unsuccessful.

After Grant County deputies located Maher in Grand Coulee about 4 p.m. Wednesday, he initially resisted arrest but quickly surrendered after a verbal exchange, City of Ephrata officials said in a press release.

After the courthouse assault Tuesday, residents were advised to lock their doors and stay inside and two Ephrata schools were locked down for about three hours as a police dog was brought in to search for Maher.

That search was unsuccessful but the manhunt continued.

“Courthouse security officers are part of our family, and if you hurt one of them, you can expect that our family won’t stop looking until we catch you,” Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones said after the capture.

Maher was well known to law enforcement and was scheduled for a court appearance this week on drug charges.