WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP. (WWJ) – A police officer was fatally shot Sunday night leading to a standoff that continued Monday at a West Bloomfield Township home.
The victim has been identified as Patrick O’Rourke, a 39-year-old married father of four and a 12-year veteran of the West Bloomfield Police Department.
WWJ Newsradio 950′s Vickie Thomas reported the deadly incident began at around 10 p.m. Sunday when family members called police after the suspect fired a shot inside a home on Forest Edge Lane, in the area of Pontiac Trail and Halsted.
Officers arrived and entered the home, Lt. Tim Diamond said, shots were fired from an upstairs bedroom and O’Rourke was hit. Diamond would not say how many times the officer was wounded.
“It’s a tragic, tragic event,” Diamond said. “We’re not accustomed to this type of thing in West Bloomfield, so a lot of our officers are really walking around in shock right now.”
O’Rourke died at McLaren Hospital in Pontiac.
Following the officer’s death, flags outside the West Bloomfield Township police station and at the entrance to the Civic Center have been lowered.
The suspect, who remained barricared inside his home Monday afternoon, has been identifued by neighbors and police as military veteran and venture capitalist Ricky Coley.
The U.S. Labor Department filed suit in August accusing Coley of mishandling money that was supposed to cover employee insurance at a Michigan trucking company controlled by his CNC Holdings. Separately, the lawsuit says Coley transferred more than $300,000 from another company, Translogic, to himself or his affiliates.
Creditors forced that company into bankruptcy court in 2010. The bankruptcy case is pending.
Neighbors said the man and his wife were divorcing, and according to court records, the couple’s divorce was finalized August 30.
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