Workers on Friday replacebroken glass in the front door of Hancock Youth Court Judge Elise Epperson Deano’s private law offices.
Local and federal officials are investigating an incident Friday in which a Molotov cocktail was thrown through the window of a local attorney's office on Highway 603.
Waveland Police Chief David Allen said Friday that his office received a call from employees at the law office of Elise Epperson-Deano on Highway 603 shortly after 8 a.m. Friday.
Deano is a local attorney who also serves as the youth court judge in Hancock County.
When officers arrived, they discovered that a a large rock and a Molotov cocktail had been thrown through the front door of the office, Allen said.
The rock and the cocktail were apparently thrown through the window late Thursday evening or early Friday morning, Allen said. The incendiary device did not ignite, he said.
A molotov cocktail is a bottle which is filled with flammable liquid that is set on fire, causing the liquid to ignite into a fireball.
Joel Lee, the special agent in charge of the Gulf Coast for the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, and Tobacco said Friday that his agency has taken the lead in the investigation.
Lee promised a full investigation.
"We are working with the Hancock County Sheriff's Office and the Waveland Police Department to try to gather as much information as we can," Lee said.
Later on Friday, employees at the law firm were replacing the glass to the front door which was damaged during the incident.
"It was a very scary situation," one employee said.
Allen said the case was turned over to the ATF because of federal law related to attacks on judges and elected officials.
Allen said anyone with information about the incident can call central dispatch at 228-255-9191.