Inmate Took Guards Gun Murdered Deputies

Michigan Courthouse Shooting


County clerks (2) reported shot and confirmed dead.

(CNN) – Two court bailiffs were killed and a deputy was injured Monday after an inmate grabbed an officer’s gun outside a holding cell in a Michigan courthouse, Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey said.

The shooting happened about 2:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, located on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, as a deputy and a bailiff removed the inmate from a holding cell to take him to a courtroom, Bailey said.

The inmate made it into a public hallway, where he shot a civilian in the arm, Bailey said. Other law enforcement officers opened fire and killed the man, he said.
The deputy and civilian suffered non-life threatening injuries and were treated at Lakeland Health in St. Joseph and are in stable condition, Bailey said.
Bailey wouldn’t say why the inmate was in custody, which officer had the gun that was taken or whether any protocols were violated. The slain officers worked “a long time” in law enforcement and had served as bailiffs about 10 years each.


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