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Vigil planned for slain West Bloomfield officer, fund set up for family

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WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. (MyFox Detroit) -

A special tribute will be held Tuesday to honor the West Bloomfield police officer killed in the line of duty by a barricaded gunman. Patrick O'Rourke, 39,was killed when bullets were fired through the door of a home on Sunday night. That started a nearly 20-hour standoff with suspected gunman 50-year old Ricky Coley at his home on Forest Edge off Pontiac Trail in West Bloomfield Township.

Coley, a former auto executive had legal, financial and marital problems and according to divorce documents obtained by Fox 2 was facing eviction from his home. During the standoff Coley repeatedly fired a weapon. "It was just non-stop gun firing, and we've never seen anything like it" police chief Michael Patton said describing it as hundreds of rounds of gunfire all day long.

At one point, construction equipment was brought in to tear into part of the house, then a robot with a camera surveyed the scene. That's when police discovered the wanted man shot to death inside his home.

Update: 12:15p.m.  9/11/2012

Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard tells Fox 2 News, an autopsy shows Coley died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the mouth.

Also on Tuesday, West Bloomfield Twp. Police Chief Michael Patton said, "everyone at the West Bloomfield police department is really in a state of shock and grief over what happened in the last 24 hours. The loss of officer Patrick O'Rourke is devastating to us."

A candlelight vigil is planned for Tuesday evening at 7:45 p.m. in front of the West Bloomfield Township police headquarters to honor the slain officer. The 12-year veteran of the force lived in Fenton with his wife, three daughters and infant son.

Elton Black & Son Funeral Home says a funeral Mass for Officer O'Rourke is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. John the Evangelist Parish located at 600 North Adelaide in Fenton, followed by a cemetery service.

Visitation is 2-8 p.m. Wednesday and 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at the Highland Chapel of the Elton Black & Son Funeral Home located at 3295 East Highland Road in Oakland County's Highland Township.

Meanwhile, a fund has been established for the O'Rourke family. Donations can be made out to the "Officer Patrick O'Rourke Family Trust" care of Bank America. Donations will also be accepted at any West Bloomfield Township facility.

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