Two bailiffs were shot dead after a shooting inside the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph Michigan on Monday afternoon. One deputy sheriff was also injured in the shooting.
The incident began at around 2:55 p.m. Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said an inmate was in the process of being moved from a holding cell. While this happened, a fight started outside the cell. The inmate managed to get hold of a gun and shot the deputy before shooting the two bailiffs.
Meanwhile, a civilian ended up getting shot by the inmate before officers were able to kill the gunman. As the shooting occurred, those inside the courthouse took cover while the police were clearing the building.
According to the incident report by the Incident Page Network, two additional victims were said to be injured in the shooting. A few minutes later, there was a report regarding an additional person injured, although injuries are said to be non-life threatening.
Following the shooting, Michigan Governor Rick Snyder said he was on his way to St. Joe for a briefing of the shooting in Berrien County.
“Please keep those affected in your prayers,” he added.
Berrien County said that the courthouse would be closed for the remainder of the day following the deadly shooting.
According to a report from WNDU, the inmate who had started the shooting was in custody facing a number of charges. The Michigan State Police Public Affairs released a statement following the deadly shooting. “Many have reached out to show support. We appreciate the love; we will continue to serve & protect.”
Both the injured sheriff and civilian are being treated in the hospital. The Berrien County Sheriff Office is yet to release the names of the victims and the gunman.