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Sheriff: Inmate shot, killed 2 bailiffs after getting gun

Posted at 7:03 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 19:05:10-04

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) -- A prisoner was being moved at western Michigan courthouse when he disarmed an officer and shot and killed two bailiffs Monday before officers killed the gunman, a sheriff said.

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said at a news conference that a deputy sheriff and a civilian were also shot and wounded.

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Bailey said the inmate was being moved from a holding cell at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph when a "fight occurred." He said the man was able to disarm an officer. He said the inmate got hold of the gun and started shooting.

Bailey did not release information on the inmate, including what charges he faced.

Berrien County, which borders Indiana, is in the far southwestern corner of Michigan.

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