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Michigan courthouse shooting leaves 2 bailiffs, suspect dead, officials say

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Posted at 3:55 PM, Jul 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-11 17:27:59-04

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. — Two bailiffs and a suspected gunman are dead after a shooting at a Michigan courthouse Monday afternoon, according to Berrien County Undersheriff Chuck Heit.

The shooting happened inside the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan, according to the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department.

CBS affiliate WWMT reports that two bailiffs were killed and a deputy sheriff was also shot and is in stable condition. A total of four people were shot, including a civilian and the suspect, who was killed in a shootout with police.

In a press briefing around 4 p.m., officials confirmed to WWMT that “several other people” were taken to Lakeland Hospital, where they are listed in stable condition.

Chris Gautz, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections, told CNN that a corrections employee on the third floor described seeing the gunman run by. That employee says the shooting occurred in or near a third floor-courtroom, Gautz said.

Michigan State Police have secured the scene, according to a tweet from Gov. Rick Snyder.

St. Joseph is on the eastern shore of Lake Michigan, about 100 miles by car from Chicago.

This is a developing story.