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. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Iz just having fun, but I can remove my name from the list.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. tracy

    Was it Karl Rove ?

    November 11, 2012 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Mickey1313:
    Thank you. I own hardware, and I'm a nice person.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. chrissy

    He wounded only ONE officer, who has 25 years in as an officer and they have NOT been able to determine a motive! They are really stumped on the motive.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Well? He was 1 year from retirement age, unless he retired at 62. 1st party of the 1st part

    November 11, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. the prophet

    Hops somebody was messing around with someone wife!!

    November 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. reply

    All Bush's fault or the YouTube video.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Some officers NEVER need to draw a weapon. That's strictly by fate. Maybe the guy had 25 parking tickets about to pass over into warrants if he didn't get them paid?

    November 11, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Prophet: That's perceptive. Women aren't worth it, but it is a possibility

    November 11, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Icarry

    Great idea. Start shooting in a cop shop to make a point. Better than opening up in a mall or other public place where people can't defend themselves

    November 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. chrissy

    Ok at fake Jeff Frank, you just gave yourself away because the REAL Jeff Frank would NOT post anything like that about women. Take a stroll TROLL!

    November 11, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    scenario:
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    November 11, 2012 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Jeff Stein

    He had a medical condition called 'Crazy'.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    O.K. I'm a fake. Now I'm real Now I'm a fake again.

    November 11, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Chrissy: You know it's me. Who else would classify this moron as a "dork"? Remember hun?

    November 11, 2012 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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