Three people have been shot and killed after a shooting at the Berrien County Courthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan, on Monday, Berrien County Sheriff Paul Baileyconfirmed at a news conference.
Two court bailiffs and the shooting suspect were killed, Bailey said. A deputy sheriff was also shot but is being treated and is in stable condition at a nearby hospital.
Several other people were injured.
The shooting occurred at 2:25 p.m. local time.
A Berrien County commissioner told ABC57 reporter Vahid Sadrzadeh that the shooter was a man on his way to jail who took a gun off an officer and began shooting.
Bailey confirmed that the suspect was an in-custody inmate.
Those injured have been taken to Lakeland Regional Medical Center in St. Joseph.
Berrien County Commissioner Jeanette Leahey told WZZM13, an ABC-affiliated television station located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, that she was aware of the shooting.
"We're in a difficult time in the world. We all know that. It's unfortunate that it’s coming close to home. … I'm discouraged and disgusted," Leahey said.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder tweeted that police had secured the scene.
Chris Gautz, a public information officer for the Michigan Department of Corrections, tweeted that department staff were "safe and accounted for."