People scrambled for cover Monday afternoon inside the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, a city of about 8,300 people in the southwestern corner of MI, about 100 miles northeast of Chicago.
"They went for shelter once the shooting occurred and other courageous officers were able to come to their rescue and take the shooter down", Bailey said. The deputy sheriff was in stable condition, as was one civilian who was also wounded.
The victims were named as 61-year-old Joseph Zangaro and 63-year-old Ronald Kienzle.
Two bailiffs were killed and two people were injured before Gordon was killed by other officers.
Marcus Muhammad, the mayor of neighboring Benton Harbor, said he was sending "condolences and prayers to the families of those fallen and injured and the entire Berrien County staff and Paul Bailey". He underwent surgery at Lakeland Health in St. Joseph and was expected to recover, Bailey said.
The injuries suffered by the deputy and the civilian weren't considered life-threatening. Her identity was not released.
The sheriff said he faced multiple felony charges but did not specify what they were.
Michigan State Police is conducting an investigation into the shooting.
The courthouse was closed Tuesday. She said they were respectful and comforting.
In an interview with the Tribune in 2003, as he was preparing to retire from the Michigan State Police, Zangaro reflected on his law enforcement career, the majority of which was spent in southwest Michigan.
"We had no information he was going to be violent and not everybody who goes into the courtroom is handcuffed", he said.
"I lost some friends today", Bailey, who was visibly shaken, said during the briefing. Bailey did not give details on how the inmate got the gun or whether he was handcuffed.
The courthouse has been evacuated and according to Berrien County police dispatch, there is heavy police presence at the courthouse.
"The only thing I can think of is that he was completely terrified, and people do things out of character when they're scared", she said.
Rosema said he plans to have a meeting with court administrators to look at what happened and to look at the local processes to see if anything can be changed to make security better. Both had been employed by the court for more than a decade.
According to witnesses and WSJM Radio Station, the incident took place outside Judge Charles LaSata's courtroom at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph.
Both bailiffs were law enforcement officers for "a long time", Bailey said, and were bailiffs for the last 10 years.