An inmate who shot and killed two Berrien County Courthouse bailiffs Monday was being prosecuted for allegedly kidnapping a 17-year-old girl, feeding her methamphetamine, raping her and keeping her in a shed, officials said Wednesday.
The Berrien County Jail inmate who gunned down two bailiffs Monday before being killed in an escape attempt spent several years in and out of jail and prison for offenses ranging from illegally transporting guns to larceny.
A woman also was shot in the arm and hostages were briefly taken before Gordon was fatally shot by other bailiffs at the courthouse in St. Joseph, the county seat of 8,300 people about 65 miles northeast of Chicago.
Two bailiffs, both retired officers, were shot and killed.
In 2011, Zangaro told The Herald-Palladium newspaper that security staff had a "ton of experience", more than many police departments. "We move people every day", Bailey said.
Fowler, the president of FOP Lodge 100 in Benton Harbor, was neighbors with Zangaro and worked much of his career with Kienzle in Benton Township, a suburb of Benton Harbor.
Defendants are always handcuffed when they are being taken form the jailhouse to a court, but if they are seated during a trial, the handcuffs are taken off, with deputies observing and guarding them inside the courtroom, added Bouchard.
Kanicki says both tried to help the deputy under attack Monday. The deputy who was escorting Gordon is in a hospital with injuries that aren't life-threatening. "With all my heart I believe he was trying to get home to see Cheyenne (his daughter)".
Authorities didn't mention any connection between the Dallas shootings and events at the Berrien County courthouse, but Snyder said, "This is a particularly tough time for law enforcement so I ask everybody to reach out and be supportive of law enforcement".
Police found the 17-year-old girl in the shed. But at a news conference Tuesday, he said Gordon was, indeed, in cuffs in front of his body - not behind his back - and that he was able to seize Atterberry's gun, Bailey said.
He had been sitting in a jury box, waiting for a judge to dismiss a domestic violence charge, when an officer led him away.
"One of the personnel that was in that office she said that he bolted by (her) and saved (her) because he took the brunt of what was going on".
In this undated photo provided by the Michigan Department of Corrections, Larry Darnell Gordon is shown.
The inmate, facing several felony charges, was identified as Larry Darnell Gordon, 45, of Coloma.
"Those bailiffs were heroes along with all the other officers", Bailey said.