Gov. Snyder orders flags at half staff for fallen chief bailiff

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Undated photo of Chief Bailiff Joseph Zangaro at a recent memorial.

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Rick Snyder has ordered flags at half-staff Friday to honor Joseph Zangaro, the chief bailiff killed while on duty during the Berrien County Courthouse shooting July 11.

Zangaro was working a normal day at the courthouse when a man facing charges, Larry Gordon, wrestled a gun away from a deputy, wounding the deputy.  He then shot and killed two bailiffs, including Zangaro.

Gordon, 44, was later killed by a responding officer.

Zangaro was a long-time member of the Michigan State Police, eventually retiring and becoming the head of security at the Berrien County Courthouse, where he was chief bailiff for 13 years.

“Chief Bailiff Zangaro dedicated much of his life to protecting and serving Michigan citizens, both as a law enforcement officer for decades and then in the courtroom,” Snyder said in a release. “I send my most heartfelt condolences to his family, friends and community for this tragic loss.”

A service will take place to honor Zangaro on Friday, July 15, at the Lake Michigan College Mendel Center, Main Stage, on 2755 E. Napier Ave. in Benton Harbor. The service begins at 1 p.m.

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  • Russell Kuespert

    The President oif the United Staes of America is the only person tha can order that the national flag be flown at half staff.

    • Russell Kuespert

      The President oif the United States of America is the only person that can order the national flag to be flown at half staff.

  • snail me

    U.S. and Michigan flags to be lowered to half-staff for six days starting Monday, Feb. 22, on all state buildings and within the state Capitol complex as a mark of respect for the victims of a mass shooting in Kalamazoo.

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