ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (NBC News) - Two court bailiffs were killed Monday afternoon when gunfire rang out at a southwestern Michigan courthouse, authorities said. The gunman was later killed.
Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said the confrontation took place about 2:25 p.m. ET at at the county courthouse in St. Joseph, along the shore of Lake Michigan.
A sheriff's deputy was also shot, and a civilian was wounded, he said. It wasn't disclosed whether the civilian had been shot or was injured in some other way.
Their conditions weren't reported, but Bailey said they sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were stable at Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph. The courthouse was evacuated, and people were directed to an emergency shelter that had been set up.
"I stand here with a heavy heart today with what occurred at the courthouse," said Bailey, who described the incident as "terrible, terrible."
Few other details were immediately available, but Bailey indicated that the gunman had been in court while already in custody.
"I won't say what the suspect was in for," he said.