A man under orders from two judges to stay away from his former girlfriend abducted her at gunpoint yesterday then shot a would-be rescuer to death and wounded the woman before killing himself, police said.
Virginia Hinkelman, 33, was dragged screaming from an office at Kalamazoo College, police said.
Police said Gordon Bessmont, 36, of Richland, food services manager for Sega Foods, where Hinkelman worked, was shot once in the head as he tried to follow the abductor up a flight of stairs.
THe abductor, with his victim, then fled to Comstock Township, east of Kalamazoo, before his car crashed. Police said they found Daniel Freeman Travis, 25, of Galesburg, dead in the vehicle.
Kalamazoo Township Police Sgt. Eugene Bombich said Travis apparently shot himself after wounding Hinkelman with two shots. She was listed in critical condition at Bronson Hospital. Authorities said Beaumont was dead on arrival.
Kalamazoo County Prosecutor James Gregart said Travis pleaded guilty Oct. 20 to assault and battery on Hinkelman.
The prosecutor said she was beaten Oct. 12 as she tried to have Travis committed to a psychiatric clinic.
Travis drew six months probation on the assault and battery charge from District Court Judge Charles Pratt on the condition that he obtain psychiatric care and stay away from Hinkelman, Gregart said.
Travis also was awaiting trial on a charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving Hinkelman. He was free on his own recogninance and under orders from District Court Judge Donald James to stay away from the woman.