WEST BLOOMFIELD (WXYZ) - Moments after police say Ricky Coley shot and killed West Bloomfield police officer Patrick O'Rourke, it was clear Coley was ready for battle and had turned the master bedroom in his luxury home into a fortress.
"My bottom line was, we were not going to lose anybody else”, said Sheriff Michael Bouchard who was planted outside Coley's home with the SWAT team, Michigan State Police and West Bloomfield Police during the standoff.
Several remote-controlled robots were used to give police an idea of what Coley was doing inside his home, but the former auto executive had covered his windows and barricaded himself in his bedroom with high-powered rifles, military-grade binoculars and a number of knives.
The robots moved up the stairs and whenever Coley heard them, he would fire a barrage of bullets through the door and walls. Then he was quiet.
"As soon as he heard movement, he would open fire again", said Sheriff Bouchard.
When several hours passed and Coley had not fired, heavy construction equipment was used to rip through the side of the house. A robot was sent inside and Coley's body could be seen on his bed.
Coley had taken his own life. And investigators tell 7 Action News that he wasn't wearing any clothes, but he had strapped a holster on his shoulder and one on his leg..
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