“We were friends with both these individuals and they were great men,” said Undersheriff Chuck Heit.
One of their own – deputy James Atterberry Jr. was also wounded when Larry Gordon wrestled his gun from him and opened fire. Atterberry Jr. was out of surgery Tuesday and listed in stable condition.
Heit said the Berrien County Sheriff’s Department held a “critical incident debriefing” Tuesday afternoon. The agency has also made crisis counselors available for grieving employees.
While the shooting weighed heavily on authorities Tuesday, they weren’t alone.
“Berrien County is a great community as was evident today from the march, which happened from the courthouse to the memorial. The turnout there and the outpouring of support was amazing,” Heit said.
Sheriff Paul Bailey said there will be extra deputies at the courthouse when it reopens Wednesday.