Posted: Sep 10, 2012 7:43 AM
Updated: Sep 10, 2012 7:43 AM
WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) Police surrounded a home in suburban Detroit where they believe a man suspected in the fatal shooting of a police officer had barricaded himself inside, and fresh gunfire was heard at the scene Monday.
The officer, a married father of four, was shot about 10 p.m. Sunday inside the home in West Bloomfield Township, police Lt. Timothy Diamond said. He was pronounced dead at a hospital, Diamond said.
The officer was part of a team of four or five police who responded to a 911 call that a man had tried to kill himself or needed medical attention, he said.
They called the man's name as they climbed the stairs to the second floor and "were met by shots fired through the bedroom door and the drywall," Diamond said. The man has fired off several more gunshots since then, Diamond said.
He said the suspected gunman was involved in a "divorce situation" and that two other people escaped the home before the 911 call. Names weren't immediately released.
"That's probably one of the things that precipitated this event," Diamond said.
The Oakland County sheriff's department said Monday morning that its SWAT team was on the scene.
Officers closed roads in the area and evacuated nearby residents from their homes.
Associated Press writer David Runk in Detroit contributed to this report.