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Autopsy: Man killed self after officer’s shooting
First Published Sep 11 2012 02:48 pm • Last Updated Sep 11 2012 02:49 pm

West Bloomfield Township, Mich. • An autopsy has found that a business executive who gunned down a police officer responding to a trouble call at his suburban Detroit house committed suicide.

The Oakland County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday that 50-year-old Ricky Coley killed himself. His body was found Monday night in a bedroom at his home in affluent West Bloomfield Township.

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Cheryl Loewe says Coley shot himself in the mouth.

Authorities say the businessman, who was going through legal and marital turmoil, shot 39-year-old Officer Pat O’Rourke as officers responded Sunday to a report of a possible suicide attempt.

An autopsy report released Tuesday shows O’Rourke died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

A 20-hour standoff followed. Police eventually broke through a wall and found Coley’s body.




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