Michigan shooting: Prisoner kills two officers in escape attempt
Larry Gordon (45) was in court facing felony charges when he managed to disarm officer
The Berrien County Courthouse is cordoned off as Michigan State Police investigate the crime scene on Monday. Photograph: Mark Bugnaski/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP
A US prisoner trying to escape from a Michigan court wrestled a gun from an officer, killing two bailiffs and injuring two more people before he was shot dead.
Mr Zangaro, who was head of court security, had retired from the Michigan State Police as commander of the Bridgman Post in Berrien County.
Mr Kienzle retired as a sergeant with the Benton Township police after serving in the US Army. Both had been employed by the court for more than a decade.
Larry Gordon (45), who was in custody facing several felony charges, was being moved from a cell for a court appearance on Monday when a fight broke out and he was able to disarm an officer, Sheriff Bailey said.
He shot sheriff’s deputy James Atterberry (41), killed the bailiffs, then shot a woman civilian in the arm in a public area, the sheriff said. Mr Atterberry is in a stable condition at Lakeland Hospital, following surgery on his arm.
Gordon was finally shot dead “by two other bailiffs who came to render aid, along with several other officers”, Sheriff Bailey said. “He was trying to escape.”
During the incident, Gordon took hostages for a short period before trying to leave through another door.
The sheriff said it did not appear that Gordon was handcuffed and authorities had “no warning signs” that he would be violent.
Michigan governor Rick Snyder cut short a visit to Midland and travelled across the state to St Joseph to meet investigators and victims’ families.
Mr Snyder described the incident as a “terrible day in a wonderful community”.