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.
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.
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."