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. Larry

    Just more trailer trash expressing his 2nd amendment right to bear arms.

    November 12, 2012 at 9:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. Avince

    These policemen, and all policemen are heroes of our society. That is obvious.

    Why do some people think that banning guns is a good idea? "If you outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns."

    November 12, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  3. Home Front

    This was an act of terrorism! oh wait, this guy wasnt Muslim or Irish

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

    Suicide by cop. At least it worked.

    November 12, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  5. else

    This had to be one of those miserable people who try to commit suicide-by-cop – there's nothing fouler than someone who can't force themselves to do the deed but has to go and involve other people. I always feel really terrible for the cops in that sort of situation.

    November 12, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
  6. Hot Carl

    @Larry
    Just another potential victim who wants to push his fear of guns on others.

    November 12, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Linda

      Or maybe he's just did what the police keep getting away with? and that's shooting innocent people. KARMA

      November 12, 2012 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Come On Man

      Get these guns off the streets.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. outawork

    not so bullet-proof glass

    November 12, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      This time, baby

      November 12, 2012 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • reen

      The responding officer and the shooter were injured; shooter later died. The officer behind the glass didn't get hit...I think the glass did what it was supposed to.

      November 12, 2012 at 10:40 am | Report abuse |
  8. S.R

    You are an idiot!

    November 12, 2012 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mike

    Did he say "I'll be back"?

    November 12, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tim

    You are a moron KeepTalkin. So soldiers, police officers, firemen, EMTs, they should be something more important?? First of all, fix your keyboard, the CAPS lock seems to RANDOMLY come on. Secondly, I hope a cop pulls you over one of these days and plays a cool caribbean beat on your head with a night stick.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  11. COL Nicole Barbette

    You are way out of line and so wrong in your assessment-sounds like you are jealous, or have other issues-grow-up!

    November 12, 2012 at 10:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. SPVANDERWAHL

    WRONG! Someone called you an idiot and they are not far off. Do you think just because a member of the military gets paid they shouldn't be considered a hero? Let me tell you this, there is no amount of money that could compensate for the lost of life or limb and if you think it can, please refer to the comment left by S.R.

    Oh and just for your information I am not a LEO and I with the exception of one member of the FBI I have no LEOs in my family. I do know that if I ever need help, I'd like a dedicated LEO officer, firefighter or EMT coming to my aid and I would certainly consider that person a hero for putting my life ahead of their own. Now please go back to that other unbalanced site if you think money is more important that a person's life (which is what you are saying if you think just because someone gets a salary they should risk their life for someone else – by that logic a teller who risks her/his life for a customer wouldn't be a hero because they take their salary which in some cases is less than 30k a year!)

    November 12, 2012 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Cuervo Jones

      like the Columbine cops that stayed outside till everyone was dead. maybe the cops that kill 25% in LA that aren't armed (but reaching in their waist band anyway ) maybe the leaders in pedophilia by profession. that's your hero's

      November 13, 2012 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  13. AlphaMaryYankee

    Thank the inventors of bullet proof glass.

    November 12, 2012 at 10:57 am | Report abuse |
  14. gandfs

    Suicide by police. Poor guy

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

      I'm missing the part where he was unable to just shoot himself? No, this old coward made someone else do it for him. Take a minute to think about how the cop that had to shoot this old crank or be shot himself comes out of this? Apparently you think somehow cops aren't human and feel nothing when they have to kill.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edwin

      wobbles: some insurance policies exclude payment for suicide, so some people choose this sort of method.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ala Dave

      All insurance companies exclude payment for illegal acts, ergo he won't collect any life insurance.

      November 14, 2012 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. josetoyou

    These kind of events seem to be an everyday occurance where the population is primarily black...
    Good ridance to the shooter!

    November 12, 2012 at 11:36 am | Report abuse |
    • gusto

      Kinda of like the comments that come out of ignorant racists occur seemingly everyday. When is the last time someone walked into a police station and opened fire? How can that be a seemingly daily occurrence? Think before you speak/type. Tell your mom hello. I'm sure she's upsatirs/downstairs, Troll.

      November 12, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
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