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

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

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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