Sheriff Confirms 3 Dead, Including Suspect, In Shooting At Michigan Courthouse

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey confirmed Monday that two bailiffs and a suspect were shot and killed in a shooting at a county courthouse in southwest Michigan.

The shooting took place at Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph at 2:30 p.m. local time. A civilian and deputy were also injured, but sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Bailey said at a press conference later in the day that the suspect was being transported from the cell when the suspect took a deputy’s gun and began shooting.

Bailey earlier told radio station WTRC that the courthouse was secure after at least one person, an officer, was shot in the arm and finger.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder (R) confirmed the shooting on Twitter:

This post has been updated.


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