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Michigan Cop Killed Inside Suicidal Man's Home

September 10, 2012  | 

Photo courtesy of West  Bloomfield PD.
Photo courtesy of West  Bloomfield PD.

A West Bloomfield (Mich.) Police officer was shot and killed when he entered the bedroom of a suicidal man and was met with gunfire late Sunday.

The shooting led to a standoff police resolved Monday afternoon when a Michigan State Police robot helped police confirm the suspect was dead inside the home.

Five officers had responded to a report of shots fired inside a home on Forest Edge Lane at 10 p.m. Sunday. They were met by family members who said the subject, Rick Coley, may have killed himself, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The officers entered the home and reached the bedroom, where they called out Coley's name and were met with gunfire. Officer Patrick O'Rourke, 39, was hit by gunfire and critically wounded.

The officers were able to remove Officer O'Rourke from the house. He was transported to McLaren Hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds. He was a 12-year veteran and married father of four children.


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Comments (4)

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Random @ 9/11/2012 1:59 AM

I give my sincere condolences to the family. I hope one of these articles will be modified to include a phone number for donations to his 4 kid’s college fund & widow.

Note: I am working on inexpensive comfortable safety devises to increase officer safety. It would be appreciated if the locations of injuries were mentioned whenever possible.

Steve Pass @ 9/11/2012 12:35 PM

If the damn robot could confirm the suspect was dead why couldn't the damn robot confirm the bastard was still alive, why weren't there any dogs, why do we insist on sending in a Officer when a dog would be better sent than an Officer. Personaly I'm sick and tired of officers being killed when there isn't any need for it to happen. I don't care what the cost of DOGS would be, it would be well worth it. You PETA people don't need to respond because I don't care what you have to say, PERIOD. As a former Police Sgt and the father of a Sheriffs Deputy I know what I'm talking about, buy some DOGS and use the Damn robot if you have one.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Trigger @ 9/12/2012 5:07 AM

As a Michigan police officer I offer my condolences to Officer O'Rourke's family and agency. We train for various situations however there is no way to be prepared for everything. I too am the father of a police officer. In a perfect world we would have all of the resources available to handle events such as this. However in a real world especially in smaller agencies the money is not there to purchase many of the resources including dogs and robots.

DK novak @ 9/12/2012 1:52 PM

A damn shame. I instrucked Patrick O'Rourke at the academy. My prayers are with his family.

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