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BERRIEN COUNTY — A jail inmate who fatally shot two bailiffs, injuring two more people at a courthouse  before he was killed in an escape attempt Monday, faced sexually assault and kidnapping charges carrying up to life in prison, according to state records.

Larry Darnell Gordon, 44, of Coloma was charged in April with armed first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree criminal sexual conduct during a felony, felony kidnapping, felony assault with a dangerous weapon and misdemeanor aggravated domestic violence, according to Michigan State Police records.

At about 2:15 p.m. Monday, Gordon took a gun from an officer who was escorting him to a court hearing at Berrien County Courthouse, shot bailiffs Joseph Zangaro, 61, and Ronald Kienzle, 63, and tried to take hostages before he was killed, according to a news release from Berrien County Sheriff L. Paul Bailey. Sheriff’s deputy James Atterberry Jr., 41, and a civilian were injured during the incident.

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