Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sad Day In Michigan

From Fox News: Two court bailiffs were killed and a deputy sheriff shot Monday inside a southwestern Michigan courthouse when an inmate broke loose and got his hands on an officer's gun, officials said.
Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said the 45-year-old suspect, Larry Darnell Gordon, was also killed. He was being moved from a cell for a courtroom appearance at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph when a fight occurred and he was able to disarm an officer.
During the incident, Bailey says Gordon took hostages for a short period of time before trying to leave through another door.
The sheriff said he faced multiple felony charges but did not specify what they were.
Bailey said it does not appear that Gordon was handcuffed, adding authorities had "no warning signs" that the suspect would be violent.
The inmate shot a sheriff's deputy, killed the bailiffs and then shot a civilian in the arm in a public area, the sheriff said....
During the incident, Bailey said Gordon took hostages for a short period before trying to leave through another door. The inmate then was fatally shot "by two other bailiffs who came to render aid, along with several other officers," Bailey said.
"He was trying to escape," the sheriff said.
Bailey identified the bailiffs killed as Joseph Zangaro, 61, and Ronald Kienzle, 63. He said the longtime law enforcement officers were close friends of his who became court officers after retiring from their departments.
Zangaro was head of court security. He retired from the Michigan State Police as commander of the Bridgman Post in Berrien County. Kienzle retired as a sergeant of the Benton Township police department after serving in the U.S. Army.
Both had been employed by the court for more than a decade.  http://www.foxnews.com/us/2016/07/12/michigan-gunman-who-killed-2-bailiffs-faced-multiple-felony-charges.html
While this is not the same as the Dallas police officer murders, it is tragic just the same.
RIP to the officers and prayers to the families, friends and co-workers.

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