Two bailiffs killed in Berrien Co. courthouse shooting; suspect killed

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ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Three people are dead after a shooting at the Berrien County Courthouse.

Bailiffs Ronald Kienzle, 63, and Joseph Zangaro, 61 were killed after an inmate being escorted to a hearing overpowered a deputy.

Slain Berrien Co. Court officers, Joseph Zangaro and Ronald Kienzle

Slain Berrien Co. Court officers, Joseph Zangaro and Ronald Kienzle

Zangaro was head of court security. He retired from the Michigan State Police as commander of the Bridgman Post in Berrien County.
Kienzle retired as a sergeant of the Benton Township police department after serving in the U.S. Army.
Larry Gordon, courtesy MDOC.

Larry Gordon, courtesy MDOC.

That suspect is identified by deputies as inmate Larry Darnell Gordon, 45, from Coloma. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said Tuesday Gordon was handcuffed in the front at the time. Gordon wrestled the gun out of the deputy's holster.

Bailiffs Kienzle and Zangaro were shot and killed before the inmate headed into a nearby hallway.

Gunfire was exchanged between officers and the inmate. Deputy James Atterberry, Jr. was shot three times. He is being treated in intensive care but is expected to survive.

Kenya Ellis and Deputy James Atterberry, Jr. (Courtesy: WBND/ABC57 NEWS)

Kenya Ellis and Deputy James Atterberry, Jr. (Courtesy: WBND/ABC57 NEWS)

A female civilian — who media outlets in South Bend are identifying as Kenya Ellis — was also shot. She is also expected to be okay.

Gordon was shot and killed by officers in the building.

The courthouse will be closed on Tuesday.

Governor Rick Snyder visited the scene to offer his support to Berrien County law enforcement.  He called today a "terrible day in a wonderful community."

Sheriff Paul Bailey said that he knew the bailiffs well and they were well-trained.  He says their comrades' "hearts are torn apart."

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