Courthouse shooter faced several teen sex investigations


ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — Records say an inmate who killed two bailiffs during an escape attempt from a southwestern Michigan courthouse was under investigation at the time for allegations that he had been sexually involved with multiple teenage girls.

Larry Gordon of Coloma Township was arrested in April and accused of holding a 17-year-old girl hostage for two weeks and giving her methamphetamines in exchange for sex.

Authorities say the 44-year-old was handcuffed July 11 when he disarmed and wounded one deputy, then shot the two bailiffs before being fatally shot by other bailiffs.

The Associated Press and other media obtained details of the investigation through the Freedom of Information Act. Police in Coloma Township were investigating alleged relationships with a 15-year-old in the past two years and a 16- or 17-year-old in 2006.


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