Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said at a news conference Monday afternoon that a deputy sheriff was also shot but is in stable condition at Lakeland Hospital in St. Joseph.
The shooting happened at the Berrien County courthouse on Monday afternoon. Bailey said he did not know anything about the shooter, why he was in the courthouse or how he got a gun.
During a news conference Monday afternoon, Bailey said some “brave officers” were able to take down the suspect, who also has not been named.
Several civilians were taken to the hospital in unknown condition, but Sheriff Bailey wasn’t able to say how many exactly.
Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder says the courthouse has been secured and Michigan State Police are investigating.
Please join me in praying for those affected. We will share more information here from MSP as it becomes available.
— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) July 11, 2016
Congressman Fred Upton released the following statement on his website:
“What occurred today in my hometown breaks my heart. My thoughts are with our entire community – our friends and neighbors. This tragic event reminds us all too well that our law enforcement officers have their lives on the line every day not knowing what that day will bring. We have lost two very able public servants and we all grieve for them and their families. As we learn more about this horrific situation, one thing is clear: we must do better to prevent these types of tragedies from occurring.”
Senator Dan Coats also tweeted out his feelings:
Senator John Proos said:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the shooting today in my hometown of St. Joseph. My thoughts and prayers as well as those of my family are with the victims and all those affected by this tragedy.
“At the time of the incident, I was at my constituent service office just a block away from the courthouse. I can therefore attest to the professionalism and outright heroism of law enforcement agencies as well as first responders from all over Southwest Michigan. These men and women get up every day and put themselves in harm’s way in order to serve and protect our community. Today, they were met with violence, and apparently, several have lost their lives.
“We must continue to stand together with our friends, family and neighbors who serve in law enforcement and as public servants in our local government. They make our community strong.”
Senator Joe Donnely: