West Bloomfield officer killed in shooting - WNEM TV 5

Detroit-area officer fatally shot was a Mid-Michigan resident

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WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -

Authorities are destroying part of a suburban Detroit home after a man suspected of killing a police officer refused to surrender.

Detroit TV stations showed aerial video Monday evening of a heavy machine clawing away at Ricky Coley's home in West Bloomfield Township.

Messages seeking comment were left for township police and the Oakland County sheriff's department.

West Bloomfield Township Police Lieutenant Timothy Diamond tells the Detroit Free Press the veteran officer was shot as he entered a home in the community.

Patrick O'Rourke, 39, a 12-year veteran officer and a married father of four, was shot as he entered the home on Forest Edge, at around 10 p.m. Sunday.

TV5 has since learned that O'Rourke was a Fenton-area resident whose children attend Fenton public schools.

Diamond says the suspected gunman was involved in a "divorce situation" and two other people escaped from the home before the 911 call.

Oakland County authorities say a SWAT team is on the scene and some area homes have been evacuated.

West Bloomfield Township police Lt. Timothy Diamond says the man inside is Ricky Coley. The U.S. Labor Department filed suit in August accusing Coley of mishandling money that was supposed to cover employee insurance at a Michigan trucking company controlled by his CNC Holdings.

Separately, the lawsuit says Coley transferred $342,000 from Translogic Auto Carriers to himself or his affiliates. Creditors forced Translogic into bankruptcy court in 2010. The bankruptcy case is pending.

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