UPDATE: 3:04p.m. – Governor Rick Snyder released the following statement on the one-year anniversary of the shooting:
“This is a solemn day as we remember the tragic events that took place at the Berrien County Courthouse a year ago today,” Snyder said. “Court officers Joseph Zangaro and Ronald Kienzle will be remembered for the courage and valor that they showed in the face of great danger. These brave men made the ultimate sacrifice in order to protect the people and community that they served, and for that we will be forever grateful. While we may never be able to properly thank Joseph, Ronald and all of the Berrien County Courthouse employees for their service that day, we will continue to keep them all in our thoughts and prayers.”
ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) – A memorial walk and candlelight vigil are planned to honor two bailiffs who were killed last year during an inmate’s escape attempt from a southwestern Michigan courthouse.
The events honoring Ronald Kienzle and Joseph Zangaro are Tuesday night. Participants will walk from the Berrien County courthouse to the Berrien County Law Enforcement Memorial.
Larry Gordon of Coloma Township was arrested in April 2016 and was accused of holding a 17-year-old girl hostage for two weeks and giving her methamphetamines in exchange for sex.
Authorities say the 44-year-old was handcuffed July 11, 2016, when he disarmed and wounded one deputy at the courthouse, then shot the two bailiffs before being fatally shot by other bailiffs.
Kienzle and Zangaro were honored in May at a national law enforcement memorial service.