UPDATED: West Bloomfield Gunman Died of Self-Inflicted Wound

Ricky Nelson Coley, suspect in the death of an officer, was found dead at his home after a lengthy standoff with police.

UPDATE: 5:17 p.m., Sept. 11

Preliminary reports by West Bloomfield Police indicate that of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Monday.

Police announced about 6 p.m. Monday that Ricky Nelson Coley, 50, was seen motionless in bed after a 15-hour standoff with police. Coley is suspected of killing Officer Patrick O'Rourke on Sunday night as police responded to reports of shots fired at the home on the 4500 block of Forest Edge in West Bloomfield.

The Oakland County Medical Examiner confirmed the cause of death as a gunshot wound through the mouth.

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard described an early inventory of weaponry available to Coley as "heavy" — with multiple knives, handguns, a high-powered rifle, and possibly an Uzi submachine gun.

"His family told us before we even went in that he had an Uzi automatic gun. We didn't know, quite frankly, if had booby-trapped the house. With that amount of firepower, given the ambush of the West Bloomfield Department officer, I wanted to be cautious," Bouchard said.

Bouchard said that the lengthy standoff was actually advantageous to police forces which did not want to see another casualty.

"Once he ambushed the West Bloomfield officers, I told our people we were not in a rush. Time was on our side. We wanted to evacuate the neighbors and stabilize the situation and contain him. Then, you want to slow him down and talk with him," Bouchard said.

However, that didn't work. An incident Monday morning which resulted in gunfire saw a Michigan State Police robot with a phone attached to it attempt to sneak into the home. Bouchard continued that the pattern showed someone who was shooting at any noise or motion.

"He had clearly planned this out. He had put up mattresses along windows, moved furniture to block the view, and barricaded himself in only portions of the home. We tried to utilize a pull camera to look into the home, but it was stopped by the barricades," Bouchard said.

Coley may have shot himself after a Monday morning exchange of gunfire, Bouchard added.

The Detroit Free Press reports that social media pages apparently belonging to Foley show he was a military veteran who held an MBA and worked at Ford Motor Company until sometime in 2008.  

According to court documents obtained by Patch, Coley's ex-wife was granted a divorce, and possession of their home, on Sept. 4. 

Diamond said Coley's mother and brother came up from where they live in North Carolina to help him pack and move, but Coley told them he had a last minute change of heart and said he wasn't going anywhere. 

In addition to the divorce, federal court documents show Coley is the defendant in a civil case filed in August by the U.S. Department of Labor, over benefit payments that the government alleges were collected from employees of a firm in which Coley and his firm, CNC Holdings, LLC, had a majority interest. Foley and his firm were also named in a March civil suit over a bankruptcy filing for that same business. 

. He is a 1991 graduate of Hartland High School and later moved to the Fenton area. West Bloomfied Police Lt. Tim Diamond said it may be the first police fatality in the department's history.

is planned for 7:45 p.m. tonight in front of the West Bloomfield Township Police Department at 4530 Walnut Lake Road.

Alan Stamm September 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Sad that one man's personal, business and psychological failures spread grief to others, I agree, but let's not shift any blame away from the loser who went down shooting. Ricky Coley's tragic final day isn't a case of a life that "just fell apart at all of its seams" spontaneously or due to outside economic factors: * The judge in his divorce case found that he was abusively violent at least twice, according to court documents. *That Aug. 30 court order gave him until Sept. 10 to move out or face eviction. * The federal gov't says in a lawsuit filed Aug. 22 that he diverted more than $340,000 in employee medical and life insurance payroll deducations for personal use. So this awful outcome has absolutely nothing to do with "the potential fallout from this economy" and everything to do with a once-successful professional who unraveled his own life. No need to go all bleeding heart blame-pointing or post misplaced a warning about worse things ahead -- at least not based on suicidal Mr. Coley.
Linda P September 12, 2012 at 11:34 AM
Gosh Alan, have a heart. There is enough sadness in all of this without picking apart the bones of this man's troubles. We live in tough economic times and many many people who could normally sort things out and hang on now face futures that seem hopeless given the job market and poor economic prospects. He did a terrible thing and I am not overlooking it at all......but this was a desperate man who resorted to deadly encounters and lost it big time. Have pity for him not anger.
Alan Stamm September 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM
I appreciate and respect your feelings, Linda, and generally do try to feel compassion for those at or over the edge. Pity is displaced by anger in this instance because Coley inflicted needless, permanent damage as despair became a deathspin. Victims include his own 7-year-old son, now also fatherless, as well as the family of brave officer Patrick O'Rourke. My initial comment above responds to an attempt to see "fallout from the economy" as a factor, just as you now speak of "tough economic times" as though that explains alleged looting of employee benefits at his business and a divorce motivated partially by Deniece Coley's abuse claims. What happened to personal responsibility? I regret to sound harsh, but the tragedy on Forest Edge should be seen for what it was -- not as an economic indicator.
Cherry September 12, 2012 at 11:26 PM
I think it is very sad for all involved especially all the children of both men. I could point out all the wrong Coley did, but it would be useless what he has done is done and unfortunately can't be taken back. God rest and bless both men's souls.
EclecticCitizen September 13, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I agree, Cherry. This is a very tragic event-for BOTH those men and their families.


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