ST. JOSEPH, Mich. (AP) — A Berrien County inmate kept hidden from sheriff’s deputies his plan to escape the courthouse that led to a deadly shooting spree in July, even though fellow inmates knew of the plan.
The Herald Palladium obtained statements this month from other inmates and witnesses to Larry Gordon’s shootings through a Freedom of Information Act request.
Records say Gordon wrestled a gun away from a court deputy July 11, whom he wounded, and killed two court officers before being fatally shot by other officers. A civilian Gordon held hostage was also wounded.
Gordon’s attorney Joseph Fletch told detectives that Gordon was highly agitated before the shooting when learning he probably wouldn’t receive a light sentence on numerous felony charges in exchange for providing information on other crimes.
Multiple inmates testified that they knew Gordon was planning an escape.