Two bailiffs were killed and at least two other people were wounded on Monday after an inmate at a Michigan courthouse took an officer’s gun, the Associated Press reports. The gunman was later killed by police.
According to Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey, the inmate was being moved from a holding cell in the Berrien County Courthouse when he “disarmed one of the officers and was able to get that gun” at around 3:25 p.m. From NBC News:
A sheriff’s deputy was also shot, and a civilian was wounded, he said. It wasn’t disclosed whether the civilian had been shot or was injured in some other way.
Their conditions weren’t reported, but Bailey said they sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were stable at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. The courthouse was evacuated, and people were directed to an emergency shelter that had been set up.
“They went for shelter once the shooting occurred and other brave officers were able to come to their rescue and take the shooter down,” said Sheriff Bailey at a press conference Monday afternoon. “I stand here with a heavy heart today.”