Berrien County Courthouse shooting leaves 3 dead

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Three people are dead after a shooting Monday afternoon at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Mich.

Two baliffs were shot to death by a man being escorted from court to jail, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said during a press conference at 4 p.m. The suspect was also shot and killed. A sheriff’s deputy and a civilian were shot and were being treated at an area hospital as of 4:45 p.m.

“I stand here with a heavy heart,” Bailey said.

There are numerous people still inside in the courthouse and being held in place until they are released by police.

A Berrien County Commissioner told our news partners ABC 57 that a man was on his way to jail when he grabbed a gun off of a deputy and began shooting.

The call came in at about 2:25 p.m. The building was evacuated. The scene was secured by 3 p.m., Bailey said.

Police remain on scene and the roads immediately surrounding the courthouse were blocked. Officers and emergency responders are expected to be on scene for several hours.

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