Autopsy: Man killed self after officer's shooting


WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A business executive who gunned down a police officer responding to a call at his home committed suicide, an autopsy found today.

Rickey Coley, 50, killed himself with a gunshot to the mouth, said Dr. Cheryl Loewe of the Oakland County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Authorities said Coley fired through a wall and door as police approached his room Sunday night, killing Officer Pat O’Rourke and precipitating a 20-hour armed standoff that ended Monday with Coley dead.

Coley shot O’Rourke as officers responded to a report of a possible suicide attempt.

Coley and his wife had divorced and federal authorities filed a lawsuit accusing him of mishandling employees’ insurance funds.

Coley worked at Ford Motor Co. and at General Motors.


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