Published: Thu, July 14, 2016
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Berrien County Courthouse Killer Faced Charges of Kidnapping and Raping Teen Girl

Berrien County Courthouse Killer Faced Charges of Kidnapping and Raping Teen Girl

Atterberry was shot on Monday when jail inmate Larry Gordon grabbed his gun while being led out of a courtroom.

Zangaro, one of the bailiffs killed, was head of court security.

Gordon stayed out of serious trouble for almost five years until his 2013 arrest in Barry County for larceny and a second-offense drunk driving charge out of St. Joseph. He had retired from the Michigan State Police as Post Commander of the Bridgman Post.

Kienzle had been employed with the trial court since April 2005.

"Our hearts are torn apart", he said.

"The only thing I can think of is that he was completely terrified, and people do things out of character when they're scared, " Jessica Gordon told the newspaper. He then moved into a public hallway in the courthouse and killed bailiffs Joseph Zangaro, 61, and Ronald Kienzle, 63, both retired police officers, Bailey said. One - armed with a stun gun or baton, but not a firearm - would escort the defendant directly.

"It still hasn't completely sunk in yet".

The sheriff's deputy who was shot is James Atterberry Jr., 41. He underwent surgery and was in stable condition at a local hospital Monday night.

Relatives have also identified the fourth and final shooting victim as Kenya Ellis. She said she was keeping his last name because its his daughter's last name and they, as a family, had always been a team.

According to Coloma Police Chief Jason Roe, the charges involved a now 17-year-old girl whom Gordon allegedly made sex videos of and once locked in a shed.

"Probably 90 percent of the people who are here don't want to be", he said of people with business in the courthouse. After shooting the officers, "Gordon briefly attempted to take hostages, while other bailiffs and police officers in the courthouse engaged Gordon and he was shot and killed". In 1998, he went to state prison for more than four years for fleeing police.

The scene outside the Berrien Co.

More details are being released about the deadly courthouse shooting in southwest MI.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder attended the news conference, saying, "I am here in support on a awful day in a wonderful community".

"Together we can pull through it and hopefully come out strong".

"He's not a monster", she told the newspaper.

The incident took place on the third floor of the courthouse.

Jessica Gordon also said that the attack was much out of character for Larry, the report noted.

"It's a heartbreaking event", said sheriff's deputy Chris Campanelli.

He added: "All we can do is pray for the families of everyone affected by this".

"He has been in our jail, and we had no indications that anything of this nature would happen", Bailey said.

In Cook County, a sheriff's department spokesperson says courthouses are now under enhanced security because of the Berrien County shooting. "I mean, it could've been way worse than what it is", said his uncle Robert Atterberry.

The Berrien County Courthouse will reopen today for staff only and grief counselers will be on hand. The memorial walk starts at 2 p.m. Tuesday.

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