September 10, 2012

Police: Officer fatally shot in suburban Detroit

Corey Williams Associated Press

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Police evacuated an upscale neighborhood and surrounded a house Monday in suburban Detroit, hours after an officer was fatally shot while responding to a 911 call about trouble at the address.

Officer Pat O’Rourke was shot about 10 p.m. Sunday inside the home in West Bloomfield Township and later died at a hospital, police Lt. Timothy Diamond said.

O’Rourke was part of a team of four or five police officers who responded to a 911 call that Ricky Coley had tried to kill himself or needed medical attention, Diamond said.

They called Coley’s name as they climbed the stairs to the second floor and “were met by shots fired through the bedroom door and the drywall,” Diamond said.

Coley, a former auto industry executive, was alone inside the house Monday afternoon. Volleys of gunfire were heard hours earlier, but it was unclear who fired them.

“The sheriff’s department is still trying to persuade this guy into a peaceful resolution,” Diamond said.

Records show Coley heads a private equity firm, CNC Holdings.

The U.S. Labor Department recently filed a lawsuit accusing Coley of mishandling money that was supposed to cover employee insurance at a Bad Axe, Mich., trucking company, Translogic Auto Carriers, which has been controlled by CNC since 2008.

The lawsuit says Coley also transferred $342,000 from Translogic to himself or his affiliates. Creditors forced Translogic into bankruptcy court in 2010.

Diamond said relatives called 911 and fled Coley’s home Sunday after hearing shots. He said the stress of Coley’s recent divorce and financial problems likely were factors.

O’Rourke, a West Bloomfield officer for 12 years, was married and had four children. In a memo to fellow officers, Lt. Curt Lawson said a “scene can turn in unexpected ways,” despite the best training and preparation.

Officers closed roads in the area and evacuated at least 10 families from their homes.


Associated Press writers David Runk and Ed White in Detroit contributed to this report.

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