Two bailiffs die in courthouse shooting in Michigan; suspect is shot and killed

Updated: Police are investigating a shooting at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan, on Monday afternoon that left three people dead, including the suspect.

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said at a news conference that the gunman killed two bailiffs on the third floor of the courthouse, the Washington Post, ABC 57 News, WZZM and the Herald-Palladium report. Bailey said the suspect was shot and killed by “brave officers.”

The gunman was identified as Larry Darnell Gordon, report the Associated Press and the Herald-Palladium. He was facing charges of criminal sexual conduct, assault with a dangerous weapon and kidnapping, the AP story reports. According to Bailey, Gordon took a gun from a deputy and began firing as he was being moved from a holding cell to the courtroom for a status conference.Berrien County Courthouse

Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan. Image from Google Street View, August 2015

The slain bailiffs were identified as Joseph Zangaro and Ronald Kienzle. Both were former police officers.

A sheriff’s deputy and a woman were also injured, the Washington Post reports. Both were shot in the arm.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Monday afternoon on Twitter that Michigan State Police had secured the scene and would be investigating.