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.

ā€œCourthouse 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,ā€ 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.