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    MI - Ron Kienzle, 63, & Joe Zangaro, 61, fatally shot, St Joseph, 11 July 2016

    ST. JOSEPH, MICH. - At least three people are dead at the Berrien County Courthouse following a shooting, an employee at the county prosecutor's office said.
    Three people are dead and one person is injured, said the employee, who wished not to be named. Michigan State Police confirmed the shooting around 2:30 p.m. Monday, July 11.
    http://www.wzzm13.com/news/crime/sho...ouse/269776304
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    So sad. Here is a little bit more information: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/11...ourthouse.html
    2 of the dead are bailiffs and the shooter is the other.

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    State police: Multiple people shot at Berrien County Courthouse in southwestern Michigan

    By Dave Bartkowiak Jr. - Digital Managing Editor

    Posted: 3:11 PM, July 11, 2016
    Updated: 4:08 PM, July 11, 2016

    ST. JOSEPH, Mich. - Multiple people have been shot at the Berrien County Courthouse in southwestern Michigan, according to Michigan State Police.

    The courthouse is in downtown St. Joseph, which is about 25 miles south of South Haven, Mich. The shooting happened at 2:25 p.m.

    Two court bailiffs were killed in the shooting. A deputy sheriff was injured and is in stable condition.

    The suspect was shot and killed...

    http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/m...stern-michigan

    http://www.detroitnews.com/story/new...ouse/86955776/

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    Jul 11 2016, 4:10 pm ET

    Two Bailiffs and Gunman Killed at Berrien County, Mich., Courthouse

    by Alex Johnson

    Two court bailiffs were killed Monday afternoon when gunfire rang out at a southwestern Michigan courthouse, authorities said. The gunman was later killed as well.

    Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said the confrontation took place about 2:25 p.m. ET at at the county courthouse in St. Joseph. A deputy sheriff was also shot and was stable at a hospital, he said...

    http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/...es-say-n607376

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    This is in my county. My family drives by the courthouse frequently. Very, very sad. According to a news brief that I heard on a local radio station (I've been unable to find a supporting link) the shooter was handcuffed and everything and still managed to take the gun off the deputy. Just a crazy, tragic circumstance.

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    Prayers going up for the families of the dead. Every day I'm more and more frightened for my LE friends.
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    Arrest? Prior arrests? Convictions?

    First time reading article, I missed ref to suspect taking gun from deputy, or maybe it was added in update.
    I wondered if someone had carried firearm past ct bldg security & passed it to him. Apparently not.

    Link http://www.wzzm13.com/news/crime/sho...ouse/269776304, updated a few min ago, from Tricia's first post of thread,

    Sheriff "...Bailey said, adding the suspect was an in-custody inmate....A Berrien County Commissioner told WZZM's ABC affiliate WBND reporter Vahid Sadrzadeh on scene that a man who was on his way to jail took a gun off a deputy and started opening fire." bbm

    Appears sequence of events was -
    - 'suspect' was already in Sheriff's custody in Co jail;
    - he was escorted him ct room;
    - he made ct appearance; {{Any word on what the charge was? What his prior arrests & any convictions were?}}
    - he was being escorted back to jail; {{{Was he still in ct room? Or out of ct room?}}
    - he then took gun from a deputy and shot 2 bailiffs who died, shot one deputy who survived;
    - he died.

    RIP to the deceased; thoughts & prayers to their families, friends, and communities.
    Wishing speedy & complete healing to the injured deputy.

    {{ETA: per post by cg777, he was handcuffed. If so, he must have been pretty agile and fast. True whether cuffed in front or back.}}}
    Last edited by al66pine; 07-11-2016 at 05:18 PM. Reason: ETA corrected deputies to bailiffs & as shown

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    [Sheriff] Bailey said he expects to identify the victims and the shooter publicly Monday evening after all family have been notified. The courthouse will be closed Tuesday.
    The ABC7 I-Team reports that both bailiffs were retired police officers, one formerly with the Benton Township Police Department and the second a retired Michigan State Police trooper. Bailey said they had served as bailiffs for at least 10 years, but would not release or confirm any further details until next of kin notifications were complete.
    http://abc7chicago.com/news/3-dead-a...ting-/1422319/

    “Our hearts are torn apart. They were our friends, they were my colleagues,” Sheriff Paul Bailey said during a 6:15 p.m. news conference updating the investigation.

    Bailey said a male deputy also injured in the shooting remains in stable condition at a local hospital.

    The shooting happened around 2:15 p.m. at the courthouse on Port Street in downtown St. Joseph, after the inmate got into a fight with a bailiff and the deputy just outside of a holding cell, Bailey said. He said the inmate disarmed an officer and shot two bailiffs, the deputy and a civilian before some “brave officers” took down the unnamed suspect.

    The civilian was taken to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound to the arm. He or she was listed in stable condition Monday evening.
    http://woodtv.com/2016/07/11/msp-sho...ty-courthouse/
    Last edited by Everyday Grace; 07-11-2016 at 07:23 PM. Reason: Added 2nd article excerpt and link.


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    Quote Originally Posted by cg777 View Post
    This is in my county. My family drives by the courthouse frequently. Very, very sad. According to a news brief that I heard on a local radio station (I've been unable to find a supporting link) the shooter was handcuffed and everything and still managed to take the gun off the deputy. Just a crazy, tragic circumstance.
    Family lived in this county in the 1800's. Awaiting the release of names.

    Glad your family is safe tonight!

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    Names of the suspect, deputy, and bailiffs as well as more details-

    http://wsbt.com/news/local/breaking-...nty-courthouse

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    Gordon was in jail on two counts of criminal sexual conduct, Michigan State Police records show. He was also facing charges of kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon, and domestic violence.
    More (including some comments from his ex-wife):
    http://woodtv.com/2016/07/11/ex-wife...house-shooter/

    Gordon's FB:
    https://m.facebook.com/larry.gordon.752

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    On Monday night, the two bailiffs were identified as Ronald Kienzle and Joe Zangaro.

    Kienzle was a 63-year-old retired sergeant with the Benton Charter Township Police Department. He also served in the U.S. Army.

    Zangaro was the 61-year-old head of courthouse security. He retired from the Michigan State Police as post commander of the Bridgman Post.

    James Atterberry is the deputy sheriff who was injured. He's currently in intensive care.

    Atterberry and the unnamed civilian are being treated at a local hospital.
    http://www.wndu.com/content/news/Eme...386335651.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by Everyday Grace View Post
    More (including some comments from his ex-wife):
    http://woodtv.com/2016/07/11/ex-wife...house-shooter/

    Gordon's FB:
    https://m.facebook.com/larry.gordon.752
    Is she the victim in his domestic violence charge?

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