Suspect in Mich. officer’s slaying found dead at home

WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A man suspected of gunning down an officer who responded to a trouble call in an affluent Detroit suburb was found dead inside his house Monday evening, police said.

A search team entered the suspect’s home about 6 p.m. and found the body of Ricky Coley, said West Bloomfield Township police Lt. Tim Diamond. Diamond said it was not immediately clear if Coley killed himself.

Police had been surrounding the home of the 50-year-old former auto executive since Sunday night, when an officer was shot to death while responding to a report of a possible suicide attempt or medical emergency.

Coley was having legal and financial problems in his business and was recently divorced.

Officer Pat O’Rourke was one of four or five officers who responded to the call. He was killed when shots were fired through a bedroom door and wall, police said.

Authorities found Coley’s body about an hour after sending in demolition equipment to tear open the house. TV stations aired aerial video of construction equipment clawing away at the second floor. At least two armored vehicles were in the neighborhood, which was evacuated after O’Rourke was gunned down.

Police in the Oakland County community sent a team about 10 p.m. Sunday after getting a 911 call that Coley had tried to kill himself or needed medical attention. Officers called Coley’s name as they climbed the stairs to the second floor and were met by shots.


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