“There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion about next steps.”
In yet another shooting in the US, three people have reportedly died after being shot at Berrien County Courthouse in Michigan on Monday afternoon.
According to local media, a man was being taken to jail when he grabbed a deputy’s gun and started fire, killing two court bailiffs and injuring several others before being shot and killed himself.
Berrien County sheriff Paul Bailey said in a brief press conference he “stands with a heavy heart,” before giving more details about the incident.
“At about 2:25 we had a disturbance on the third floor of the courthouse. A person has shot two bailiffs. They’re both deceased, and he shot a deputy sheriff who’s at the hospital now in the emergency room. The suspect has been shot and killed,” he said.
The shooting comes just days after the fatal shooting of five police officers in Dallas during a peaceful protest, leaving the US shaken and with divided opinions on gun control laws. President Barack Obama acknowledged the recent tragedies at the NATO summit earlier this week.
“There is sorrow, there is anger, there is confusion about next steps, but there’s unity in recognizing that this is not how we want our communities to operate. This is not who we want to be as Americans.”
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has since taken to Twitter to share his thoughts on the importance of supporting law enforcement.
We all need to reach out and be supportive of law enforcement in our state and across the country.
— Governor Rick Snyder (@onetoughnerd) 11. Juli 2016
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