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Security Supervisor Joseph P. Zangaro | Berrien County Sheriff's Department, Michigan Berrien County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

Security Supervisor

Joseph P. Zangaro

Berrien County Sheriff's Department, Michigan

End of Watch: Monday, July 11, 2016

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 61

Tour: 35 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Officer's handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Security Supervisor Joe Zangaro and Court Officer Ron Kienzle were shot and killed inside the Berrien County Courthouse by an inmate who was attempting to escape at approximately 2:25 pm.

The inmate was being returned to a holding cell following a court appearance when he attacked a sheriff's deputy in the corridor behind the courtroom. Officer Kienzle heard the struggle and ran into the corridor. As soon as he opened the door to the corridor the prisoner shot him with the deputy's service weapon.

The man escaped into a public hallway where he shot a civilian and exchanged shots with two other court officers, killing Supervisor Zangaro, before being killed by return gunfire.

The inmate was in court for two counts of criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping, assault with a dangerous weapon, and domestic assault.

Security Supervisor Zangaro had served as the Berrien County Trial Court's director of security for 10 years after having retired from the Michigan State Police after 25 years.

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Court Officer Ronald Eugene Kienzle
Berrien County Sheriff's Department, Michigan
End of Watch: Monday, July 11, 2016
Cause: Gunfire

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God bless you my brother and fellow Michigan State Police Trooper. Thank you for your service and sacrifice. May His healing hand touch your family, friends, fellow troopers, and fellow deputies. Rest easy my brother, we'll take the watch here.

Trooper Steve Olson
Michigan State Police
September 26, 2016

 

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