UPDATE 11/15, 5:20PM : Sheriff’s Office Says Suspected Shooter Is In Custody
ORTONVILLE (WWJ) – A manhunt is underway in northern Oakland County after a man shot his wife and her boyfriend, leaving both critically injured.
Police are searching for 34-year-old Michael Joseph Quigley, who is believed to be lying low in or near downtown Ortonville.
Residents have been told to stay inside their homes and nearby schools — including Brandon Township, Clarkston and Oxford school districts — are closed Wednesday as the search for Quigley continues. All Lake Orion Community Schools also remain on a soft lockdown.
Michigan State Police tweeted Wednesday afternoon that they have increased patrols in the area, adding, “We remind residents to remain vigilant and lock their doors.”
Quigley, who was recently released from jail, is wanted in connection with a double shooting that occurred Tuesday night at the Village Court apartment complex in Ortonville, where his estranged wife’s boyfriend lives.
According to police, Quigley went to the complex and forced his way inside the apartment after knocking on the door. An argument ensued, during which police say Quigley fired at least five rounds from a .22 caliber revolver, striking his wife in the back of the head and her boyfriend in the eye. A 3-year-old child who was also in the apartment at the time was uninjured.
The victims, both in their 30s, were taken to an area hospital with critical injuries. Both have since been upgraded to stable condition.
Quigley fled the scene after the shooting, pointing the gun at a neighbor who was outside as he left the apartment, and remains on the run.
Police say Quigley is armed and dangerous and should not be approached. If you see him or have any other information on his whereabouts, dial 911.
“We don’t know if he somehow got into a vehicle last night. We’re kind of right now assuming that he didn’t, so we’re really concentrating efforts in certain areas of the township where we got some calls last night,” said Capt. Gary Miller. “But we have a lot of resources out and we have more on the way.”
Quigley was just released from jail on Saturday, according to police, and had been having relationship issues with his wife. According to court documents, she filed for a personal protection order against Quigley earlier this month alleging theft, drug abuse and mental health issues. He was receiving treatment. After careful review by the judge, an expedited hearing was scheduled to take place Wednesday. Three days after Quigley was served with the papers, his wife also filed for divorce. The couple has four children together; they are currently with relatives.
“We know that he was distraught over their separation,” said Miller. “It’s certainly a domestic violence situation, obviously.”
The child involved in the shooting belongs to the boyfriend, police said, and is now with family members.
Quigley is a former seasonal middle school assistant wrestling coach with the Lake Orion Community Schools district. He no longer works for the district.
An investigation is ongoing.