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Two bailiff’s among three people killed in shooting inside Michigan courtroom

July 11, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Two bailiff’s among three people killed in shooting inside Michigan courtroom

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Three people were killed during a shooting that erupted inside of a courthouse in Michigan on Monday after an inmate managed to get his hands on a deputy’s weapon and open fire.

Police officials said two court bailiffs were among the three people killed. A police officer was also shot inside the Berrien County Court on Monday, located in southwestern Michigan.

At a press conference, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey told local media that around 2:30 p.m., the two court officers were transferring the inmate from a holding cell on the third floor of the courthouse when he “started fighting” with the deputy and bailiff.

At some point, the suspect managed to grab the deputy’s gun and shot him and both bailiffs. The armed inmate then ran into a hallway and opened fire on a civilian, hitting him in the arm before responding officers returned fire, killing the man.

“Members of the public went for shelter once the shooting occurred and brave officers were able to come to the rescue and bring the shooter down,” said Bailey.

Bailey said the injured deputy sheriff was taken to Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph, Mich with gunshot wounds to his left arm and finger and is in stable condition. The civilian who suffered the gunshot wound is in stable condition.

The gun violence comes on the heels of last Thursday’s sniper attack in downtown Dallas that killed five officers, injuring another seven.

The incident also took place in the wake of a wave of violence and angry protests against members of law enforcement that swept across the U.S., sparked by last week’s police-related shootings of two black men.

Agents from the Detroit Division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) had also arrived on the scene.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder went on Twitter to announce that the Michigan State Police has secured the scene, and have started conducting an investigation into the deadly shooting incident.

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