3 Dead in Michigan Courthouse Shooting, Sheriff Says
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said state police have secured the scene after shots were fired in a southwestern Michigan courthouse.
Snyder tweeted that he was praying for those who were affected by the shooting in St. Joseph, located in Berrien County.
Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey said at the third floor of the courthouse, “a person has shot two bailiffs, who are both deceased.”
The suspect also shot and wounded a deputy.
“The suspect has been shot and killed,” Bailey said, according to a live video feed of his press conference.
Bailey is notifying the families of the two bailiffs. He had no information on the suspect.
Bailey said that he’s now “trying to concentrate on the injured and my friends.” When asked by a reporter on the scene about how he felt, he responded with: “Terrible. Terrible.”
Breaking: 2 bailiffs dead and a deputy injured in shooting at Berrien County Courthouse.. Sheriff Bailey says the gunman is dead.
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State police Lt. Mike Shaw says the department is gathering information but could not confirm whether there are any casualties.
St. Joseph is located in far southwestern Michigan’s Berrien County, which borders Indiana.
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The shooting took place at 2:30 p.m. local time on Monday.
A video of the incident was posted on Facebook Live.
“Shots fired in 3rd floor of courthouse, everyone is being evacuated. No word yet on how many people or injuries,” the witness wrote during the live broadcast.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.