GRPD procession for bailiffs killed in courthouse shooting

Bailiffs Ron Kienzle and Joseph Zangaro fatally shot Monday

A Grand Rapids police procession for the bodies of the bailiffs who were fatally shot at the Berrien Co. Courthouse on July 12, 2016.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) – Grand Rapids police officers took part in a procession Tuesday afternoon to escort victims of the Berrien County Courthouse shooting back to St. Joseph.

The procession happened just before 3 p.m. It’s believed it started in the area of Fuller Avenue on I-196 before continuing south on US-131 to Berrien County.

The autopsies of both bailiffs who were fatally shot Monday – 63-year-old Ron Kienzle and Joseph Zangaro, 61 – were conducted Tuesday in Grand Rapids. The bodies of both men were then taken to Starks funeral home in St. Joseph Township. Memorial arrangements are pending.

Berrien County bailiffs killed
Undated courtesy photos of Joseph Zangaro (left) and Ronald Kienzle (right) who were killed at the Berrien County Courthouse on July 11, 2016. (Courtesy Berrien County Administration)

The procession, while not publicized or made available to the public, was simply an honorable way to transport the bodies of the victims.

Both Kienzle and Zangaro had lengthy law enforcement careers. Kienzle worked for the Berrien County trial court since April 2005. He previously retired as a sergeant from the Benton Charter Township Police Department after serving in the United States Army.

Zangaro was the head of courthouse security and had been with the Berrien County trial court since May 2004, according the sheriff’s office. He previously retired as commander of the Michigan State Police Bridgman post.


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