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Veteran Dies After Opening Fire in Mich. Police HQ

November 12, 2012  | 

Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins addresses the media on Monday. Screenshot via
Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins addresses the media on Monday. Screenshot via

A military veteran who was in poor health wounded a suburban Detroit police officer when he opened fire in the lobby of police headquarters on Sunday.

Harold Collins, 64, was shot and killed after he shot a Southfield Police Department sergeant with a .380-caliber handgun at about 2:20 p.m., reports the Detroit Free Press.

Five officers were involved in the shooting, Chief Eric Hawkins said Monday during a media briefing. The sergeant is resting at the hospital and should be released within several days.

Chief Hawkins declined to say the shooting was a "suicide by cop." He did say Collins was "struggling with some very serious internal issues." Collins apparently walked into the lobby with a "blank stare" and opened fire at the station's ballistic glass.

"That's what was so unusual," Chief Hawkins said. "There were no words whatsoever. The suspect appeared to be staring into the distance."


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Comments (8)

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bpd3733 @ 11/12/2012 5:19 PM

Whether or not he is a veteran isn't relavent to the story. It gives a negative impression to the fools that don't know any better.

RICHARD @ 11/12/2012 5:45 PM


Morning Eagle @ 11/13/2012 12:45 AM

Agreed bpd. There are approximately 23 million veterans still living in the U.S. The brilliant director of DHS has designated us as potential terrorists. Are headlines and articles stressing that it was a veteran committing such an act designed as less than subtle hints that veterans are walking a sharp edge and likely to go off at any moment? This man was age 64 so it is likely his service was many years ago. Is any part of his service really germane to this incident or does it just help create an eye-catching headline? I am not defending what he did, just asking what his being a veteran had to do with it, if anything. I am retired from the Big Green Machine and haven't shot up very many police stations recently, at least not that I can remember, and neither have the numerous old friends I stay in touch with

SSG/DEPUTY BECKER @ 11/13/2012 3:47 AM

I am a civilian law enforcement officer and a Army Staff Sergeant currently stationed in Southern Afghanistan. The label attached to Mr. Collins is just a headline designed to invoke fear. The rationale behind this fear is what deserves our attention as LEO's. Our Nation has been at war for over 10 years and produced thousands of combat veterans who now live and reside among the masses. I am not going down the, "veteran's are patriotic or better American's" rabbit hole. What I will say is this, many of these people have skill sets that far and exceed those of the average police officer. Many have experiences that might possibly make them more susceptible to mental issues per capita than the civilian population. When dealing with veterans extend the same courtesies that you might employ when dealing with officers from other agencies as they have sacrificed much for our Country and our Communities. However, do not make the error of assumption when dealing with veterans. Few civilians have as much training in regards to weapons, hand to hand combat, and the skills necessary to survive a one on one encounter with an adversary. Be respectful of these American heroes but forget not that the sheep dog's transformation to wolf can be virtually undetectable. Stay safe brothers and sisters.

cj @ 11/13/2012 5:25 AM

The city the shooting occured in was southfield mich which is on the boarder of Detroit. My prayers are with the officers involved.

TERRY F. ZECH @ 11/13/2012 6:18 AM

I am a Veteran Affairs Police Officer and I deal with the Veterans every day on duty. As I am getting older and the veterans are much younger and well trained combatants we utilize as much communication as we can and utilize only the necessary amount of force to stop any unlawful actions that they do. My condolences to Mr. Collins family that they could not prevent this from happening and also to the Sgt's family and my wish for his full recovery.

Bob @ VA @ 11/13/2012 10:51 AM

Well said by bpd and Morning Eagle. Neither I nor the dozens of friends with whom I still keep in touch have shot up any police stations lately. This is just another example of the underlying disdain that the main stream media has for the military and those who had/have the courage to serve. Sadly, they do the same for LEOs when they get a chance. Prayer for both families concerned.

M.Conner @ 11/16/2012 4:57 AM

Although not military myself. I have been associated and worked for the military for 25 + years. My father also served 28 years and died as a result of his profession. This has nothing to do with a veteran or veterans. This is no more than another individual who was having issues he could not control. My prayers go out to the Sgt. and his family.

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