After 20 Hour Standoff, Suspect in Cop's Death Found Dead

By: From CNN, Posted by Ralph Hipp
By: From CNN, Posted by Ralph Hipp


WEST BLOOMFIELD, Michigan (CNN) -- The man that police say killed an officer was found dead in his house in a Detroit suburb after a standoff that lasted more than 20 hours, authorities said Monday.

A police dispatcher confirmed the man's name was Ricky Coley, who court records indicate was recently divorced and had legal issues.

According to a release from the West Bloomfield police department, police used a robot with a camera mounted on it to scan the man's bedroom, and he was seen motionless on the bed. When a team of police officers entered the room they discovered the man was dead.

The cause of death had yet to be determined, the release said.

At 9:00 Sunday mmoning, officers responded to the report of gunfire at the Coley's home in West Bloomfield, Michigan.

Officer Patrick O'Rourke, a 12-year veteran with four children, was shot several times by the gunman while responding to a 911 call at the man's house. O'Rourke later died at a hospital, said Lt. Tim Diamond, of the West Bloomfield police.

The suspect barricaded himself inside the home with SWAT officers outside, Diamond said. Coley was scheduled to have an early intervention conference on Monday morning in his recent divorce case.

According to court documents, Coley's ex-wife, Deniece, alleged he attacked her on June 12 and she moved out of the house. Deniece Coley said in the divorce filing that her husband had cheated on her and subjected her to "physical, mental, emotional and psychological abuse."

The divorce was granted six days ago, according to CNN affiliate WDIV.

The Coleys were married in November 1998 and have a 7-year-old child. Ricky Coley had been ordered to pay $190 a month in child support.

He was also the subject of a federal lawsuit surrounding an auto carrier company that his financial holdings company owned until it closed its doors in January 2010. The complaint alleges that Translogic Auto withheld more than $9,600 from employees' paychecks that were intended for an insurance plan. The insurance company canceled employees' policies, due to nonpayment of premiums, the suit says, and employees and beneficiaries lost benefits.

The suit also says Coley transferred more than $341,000 to himself or affiliates during the time when the company failed to pay insurance premiums. Coley was the sole defendant in the lawsuit, filed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

WXYZ-TV in Detroit reported he was also found in default to two banks for $52,000 in one case and $43,000 in another.

A page on LinkedIn, a business networking site, that appeared to belong to Coley said he was the chairman emeritus of CNC Holdings, the venture capital company that purchased Translogic in 2008.

The page said he worked at Ford from January 2001 to January 2008, in the last year as North American plants operations manager/director, overseeing more than 30 plants and a $1.6 billion budget. Ford spokeswoman Kelli Felker didn't confirm what role Coley filled at Ford.

He also worked at General Motors and UPS, according to the LinkedIn page. He studied industrial and systems engineering at Georgia Tech in Atlanta and law at North Carolina Central in Durham, North Carolina, according to the profile.


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