3 Dead in Michigan Courthouse Shooting

An inmate reportedly got a deputy's gun
By Luke Roney,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2016 3:16 PM CDT
3 Dead in Michigan Courthouse Shooting
The Berrien County flag pictured at the Berrien County Courthouse where three people were killed in a Monday shooting.   (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

A shooting at a Michigan courthouse has left at least three people dead, WZZM 13 reports. An unnamed employee says that two bailiffs and the shooter are among the dead at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph. One person was injured in the shooting, which occurred around 2:30pm, the employee says. A county commissioner confirmed that information to WOOD 8, adding that the shooter was an inmate. According to other reports, the man was headed to jail when he got a hold of a deputy's gun and began shooting.

The courthouse was locked down, the commissioner said. Gov. Rick Snyder tweeted that the state police had secured the building and started an investigation. Zarya Stark, who works as a courier at the courthouse, tweeted about the shooting: "They started shooting apparently as I walked out after my first pick up, as I was going to my first drop I saw emergency vehicles." (More Michigan stories.)

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