Man, 64, killed after opening fire inside Michigan police station
The scene outside the Southfield, Michigan, police station, where police say a 64-year-old man opened fire on Sunday.
November 11th, 2012
04:59 PM ET

Man, 64, killed after opening fire inside Michigan police station

A 64-year-old man walked into a southeastern Michigan police station today and opened fire, precipitating a shootout that ended with him dead and a police officer wounded, police said.

The man, who was not immediately identified, entered the building that houses the Southfield Police Department around 2:20 p.m. with a handgun and pointed it at an officer sitting behind bullet-proof glass, said police spokesman Lt. Nick Loussia.

Refusing requests to put down the gun, the man started firing at the desk officer, according to Loussia. The first officer to respond - a sergeant in his 50s who has been with the Southfield force for more than 25 years - was shot in the shoulder, said Loussia.

That officer and others returned fire, hitting the shooter. Both wounded men were treated at the scene and moved to a nearby hospital, the police spokesman said.

The 64-year-old later died from his injuries at the hospital. Loussia said authorities do not know why the man opened fire at the police station.

The wounded officer, meanwhile, is in stable condition. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the officer and his family," Loussia said.

A similar incident less than two years ago about 15 miles to the southeast, in Detroit, prompted police in Southfield to take additional security precautions, according to Loussia. In that case, a 38-year-old man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl wounded four officers when he opened fire in a Detroit police station, before he himself was shot dead.

In addition to protective glass around the desk area, only the lobby of the police station in Southfield - a city of about 72,000 people - is open to public, said Loussia.

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  1. Pete/Ark

    "Suicide by Cop" is not unheard of ... perhaps we'll find out why he wanted to die. Just be glad he didn't have to kill anyone to achieve his goal

    November 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. gager

    Suicide by cop is the fast way out. The rest of us are suicide by politician.

    November 11, 2012 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • James P. V.

      Ain't that the truth, One party in power for more that 8 years is death by Politics, but the "people" have spoke, now that get to live with what they asked for.

      November 11, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    What??

    November 11, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy©

    I agree it was "suicide by cop".

    November 11, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Kachish

    Owning guns stops crimes. If only this guy realized cops carried guns he wouldn't have tried this.

    November 11, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • DickPerry

      Yes. No crime happened here... LOL...

      November 11, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zwei Stein

    Yea...age 64...needs to make "open enrollment" medicare decisions. So, it's almost understandable.

    November 11, 2012 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. david

    Not the first time not the last

    November 11, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. boyamidumb

    Who cares.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  9. NanookoftheNorth

    'Flagged'. Sometimes a screen name can be as repulsive as a comment...your's in particular.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      I am assuming you were thinking "flogged" ...and got aroused, then felt guilty

      November 12, 2012 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
  10. boyamidumb

    Blah blah blah

    November 11, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Report abuse |
  11. JustMe

    I think everything went according to his plans. He knew he would be shot if he started firing in a police station. Suicide by cop. He got exactly what he wanted.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • jacketface

      i would say yes in that he fired at a bulletproof class, however he did wound two officers... he could have been acting out of blind range.

      November 11, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • FoolKiller

      He wounded one officer and was wounded himself. Read the article.

      November 12, 2012 at 11:22 am | Report abuse |
    • wutsgrammar

      Who are you "talking" to?

      November 12, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Avince

      Well, someone who would go about it by shooting cops deserves to die.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • mr. butters

      You say that without knowing any information. The man may have been mentally ill. He may have lost a family member and blames the police, he may have been arrested for a crime he didn't commit.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Just Me

    Sheesh, whatever these crazy folks are drinking, I sure don't want any.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  13. N.A.A.W.P

    Now you can move to Colorado or even Washington and "Live The Dream".

    November 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    This man knew he could not shoot that police officer. He was familier with that police station, which btw was not a STATE POLICE station, it was Southfield city police, so he knew of the new bullet proof shields. He wanted to die.

    November 11, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. alan fischer

    Another nut case

    November 11, 2012 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
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