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Mich. Cop Killer Texted Wife: 'C U Other Side'

October 16, 2012  | 

Officer Patrick O'Rourke. Photo: West Bloomfield PD.
Officer Patrick O'Rourke. Photo: West Bloomfield PD.

An hour before fatally shooting a West Bloomfield Township police officer, Ricky Nelson Coley sent a text message to his ex-wife.

"Without (joint) custody and clear visitation rights c u other side," the note said, while also directing Coley's ex-wife to let their son know that he loved him.

That note, describing an apparent custody struggle over the couple's 7-year-old son, was referenced in police reports and emergency recordings obtained Monday by the Free Press as part of a Freedom of Information Act request.

The documents shed additional light on what happened the night of Sept. 9, when Officer Patrick O'Rourke, 39, was killed, launching a 20-hour standoff that ended when Coley was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Read the full Detroit Free Press story.

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Tags: Domestic Disputes, Suicidal Subjects, West Bloomfield (Mich.) PD, Cop Killers


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