COLOMA, Mich. (WOOD) — Larry Darnell Gordon has been identified as the man who opened fire inside the Berrien County Courthouse, killing two people and injuring two others.
The mother of Gordon’s children, his ex-wife Jessica Gordon, said officers came to her home to notify her of what happened.
Police say Gordon was being transported from a holding cell to the courtroom when he overpowered an officer and took his gun.
Two bailiffs were killed and a Berrien County Sheriff’s deputy was shot. Gordon was then shot and killed.
Jessica Gordon told 24 Hour News 8 that her ex-husband was still her best friend. She was shocked to hear of what happened but said she had a feeling her ex-husband was involved even before the officers came to notify her.
“He was an amazing man that got mixed up with the wrong people. He loved his children and me and his mother and sister with everything that he had,” Gordon told 24 Hour News 8. “Our wedding anniversary would have been tomorrow.”
Gordon says she spoke with Larry yesterday and had no indication that he was planning any attack.
“I believe he was probably terrified of having to go to prison and not seeing his family again,” Gordon said. “All he wanted to do was get home to our baby girl.”
Gordon was in jail on two counts of criminal sexual conduct, Michigan State Police records show. He was also facing charges of kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon, and domestic violence.