Shooter Kills Two Bailiffs, Wounds Police Officer Outside Michigan Courthouse

The Berrien County flag, pictured Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Mich. The decorations on the flag symbolize the four countries that have occupied parts of the county-France, Spain, Great Britain and the United States. Don Campbell / The Herald-Palladium via AP
• July 11, 2016 5:15 pm


A gunman was shot dead after killing two bailiffs and wounding a police officer outside of the Berrien County Courthouse in southwest Michigan on Monday afternoon, according to media reports.

The scene is now secure after Berrien County Sheriff Deputies and Michigan State Police arrived at the courthouse in the town of St. Joseph, CBS affiliate WWMT reports.

State police confirmed the shooting around 2:30 p.m and said the situation was under control by 3:00 p.m.

It appears that three people were killed in total, including the gunman, although authorities have not confirmed the final number dead and wounded.

One bailiff was reportedly shot in the left arm and finger, and another victim was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. It is not clear what their conditions are at this point.

The shooting started when a man on his way to jail took a deputy’s gun and began opening fire, a Berrien County commissioner told a local ABC affiliate.

The gunman was reportedly killed by authorities.

The courthouse is still under lockdown, and employees are being told to stay in their offices, according to a worker in the prosecutor’s office.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced on Twitter that Michigan State Police had secured the scene and are beginning their investigation.

This post will be updated as more information becomes available.

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