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. Bob

    Ah, the joy of handgun ownership.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:30 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Friendly fire isn't.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:08 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    If you have `cleared' all the rooms and met no resistance, you and your entry team have probably kicked in the door of the wrong house.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    Bullets work on veteran cops too. They also work on weight lifters, martial arts experts, department marksmen, Narco Investigators, S.W.A.T. jocks, and others who consider themselves immortal.

    November 12, 2012 at 12:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. shrinktofit

    Suicide by cop.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. reality

    I bet cops shot 300 bullets at him even after the first one killed him.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Michael Merics

      Ohwell, who cares. You wanna walk into a police station and shoot at cops. You can also get shot 300 times. hopefully more.

      November 12, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      And?

      November 12, 2012 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
    • shamus

      I certainly hope so. Only a criminal or criminal apologist would feel differently.

      November 12, 2012 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
    • steveTX

      try reading past the first sentence. then get on the bus, you don't want to be late for homeroom.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • samadams

      I bet cops shot 300 bullets at him even after the first one killed him.

      I'll take that bet.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Avince

      300 bullets or a thousand? Who cares? If I were one of those heroic police officers I probably would be scared for my life. You kind of people disgust me. Policemen are heroes of our society. The only people who hate police officers are ones that seem to have trouble following the law.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:44 am | Report abuse |
  7. Dieyoung

    That is straight gangsta

    November 12, 2012 at 2:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. encisoc

    After watching too much Fox news he was full of hate and disappointed since Obama won a second term he decided there was no way out.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:28 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • DBC187

      LOL couldnt of said it better!

      November 12, 2012 at 6:46 am | Report abuse |
    • shamus

      DB#1: Probably a taxpayer not looking forward to footing the bill for you lowlifes for another four years.

      DB#2: I see that you have "DB" in your name already, so you must be aware of that fact. Looking at you grammar, you are correct, you could NOT have said it better.

      November 12, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Another One

      Cops must have been democrats...Could have finished it with one bullet but gave him 300.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. sparky

    If you're going to do this kind of stuff, at least wear a grass skirt, pink neon bra, and pickelhaube.

    November 12, 2012 at 2:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Jeff

    Can tell these were not New York City cops as the suspect was actually hit and not a single bystander was even grazed. Stay classy Michigan.

    November 12, 2012 at 3:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Avince

      Shut up. The police officers in Michigan and New York were and are both heroes. As all policemen are.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. el-mundo

    That is straight :) crazy. I bet the cops were shaking in their boots; the one place that they least expect someone to try to kill a cop/s.

    November 12, 2012 at 4:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Avince

      Yep. Anyone who even thinks about killing a policeman should be executed in my opinion.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • CatSh

      Sure, they just always put bullet-proof glass in the lobby.....

      November 12, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
    • Convoluted

      to avince remember the law is written for everyone..including you...innocent until proven guilty ..obviously this person wanted to die...why would you just shoot up a cop shop ...and for the record NOT all cops are good guys...the uniform doesn't make the man!...but one rotten apple shouldn't take out the barrel but it does often.

      November 12, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Realityblowz

    Its Bush's fault.

    November 12, 2012 at 6:32 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. DBC187

    Had to be a butt hurt Romney supporter, what an idiot!

    November 12, 2012 at 6:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  14. TAG

    He just watched Termanitor for the 100th time...

    November 12, 2012 at 7:19 am | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Dave

    typical gun nut

    November 12, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Avince

      Seriously? "If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns." My family owns guns, and I cannot wait until I turn of age to have a concealed carry permit. If someone had had a gun in The Dark Knight Rises shootings perhaps that outcome would have been different.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
    • CatSh

      Avince – it would also have been different if someone had just shut the door he propped open when he went out to get his guns.

      November 12, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Cryspyx

      yeah more innocent victims since it was dark and filled with smoke. i'm all for 2nd amendment rights and owning guns, but i'm also for responsible use of them and firing them inside a movie theatre during a panic is not one of them.

      November 12, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
    • FoolKiller

      Cryspyx – Ever consider that an armed moviegoer would have had a good reason NOT to panic?

      November 12, 2012 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
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