1,500 attend service for slain Michigan bailiff Joseph Zangaro

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(About 1,500 people, including several hundred police officers, gathered Friday, July 15, 2016, at Lake Michigan College's Mendel Center in Benton Harbor to remember 61-year-old Joseph Zangaro. Photo supplied/ABC 57)

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Hundreds of law enforcement officers have attended a celebration of life service for one of two bailiffs slain after an inmate tried to escape from a southwestern Michigan courthouse.

MLive.com reports that about 1,500 people gathered Friday at Lake Michigan College’s Mendel Center in Benton Harbor to remember 61-year-old Joseph Zangaro.

Zangaro and 63-year-old Ronald Kienzle were killed Monday in Berrien County Circuit Court in St. Joseph. Both were retired police officers.

A handcuffed Larry Darnell Gordon disarmed Deputy James Atterberry Jr. during a fight and shot him. Zangaro and Kienzle were shot in a public hallway.

A woman also was shot in the arm. Hostages were briefly taken before Gordon was fatally shot by other bailiffs.

Services will be held Monday at the Mendel Center for Kienzle.

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