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Sheriff: Inmate shot, killed 2 bailiffs after getting gun

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Police tape surrounds the Berrien County Courthouse on Monday, July 11, 2016 in St. Joseph, Mich. Two bailiffs were fatally shot Monday inside the courthouse before officers killed the gunman, a sheriff said. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP) Police tape surrounds the Berrien County Courthouse on Monday, July 11, 2016 in St. Joseph, Mich. Two bailiffs were fatally shot Monday inside the courthouse before officers killed the gunman, a sheriff said. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)
Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey confirms that two court bailiffs were shot and killed inside the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Mich., before officers killed the gunman on Monday, July 11, 2016. (Tony Wittkowski/The Herald-Palladium via AP) Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey confirms that two court bailiffs were shot and killed inside the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Mich., before officers killed the gunman on Monday, July 11, 2016. (Tony Wittkowski/The Herald-Palladium via AP)
People wait for news outside Berrien County Courthouse on in St. Joseph, Mich., where two bailiffs were shot and killed inside the courthouse before officers killed the gunman on Monday, July 12, 2016. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP)  Summary People wait for news outside Berrien County Courthouse on in St. Joseph, Mich., where two bailiffs were shot and killed inside the courthouse before officers killed the gunman on Monday, July 12, 2016. (Chelsea Purgahn/Kalamazoo Gazette via AP) Summary

ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A prisoner was being moved at western Michigan courthouse when he disarmed an officer and shot and killed two bailiffs Monday before officers killed the gunman, a sheriff said.

Berrien County Sheriff Paul Bailey said at a news conference that a deputy sheriff and a civilian were also shot and wounded.

Bailey said the inmate was being moved from a holding cell at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph when a "fight occurred." He said the man was able to disarm an officer. He said the inmate got hold of the gun and started shooting.

Bailey did not release information on the inmate, including what charges he faced.

Berrien County, which borders Indiana, is in the far southwestern corner of Michigan.

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White reported from Detroit.

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