Blighted home where Officer O'Rourke was killed still stands - myfoxcarolinas.com

Blighted home where Officer O'Rourke was killed still stands

Posted: Updated:
WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP., Mich. (WJBK) -

Dozens of bullet holes can still be seen, along with the wooden boards that cover the damage done to this upscale West Bloomfield home.

It was the home in which Officer Patrick O'Rourke was killed in the line of duty Sept. 9, 2012.

Police were in a standoff with a man inside, known identified as Ricky Coley. Crews were ordered to tear into the home to find the man, only to learn he had pulled the trigger on himself and had died by suicide.

Now, more than one year later, the house is gutted and vacant but still stands. It's become an eyesore and a constant reminder of what happened to those people who live in the neighborhood. "The township very sensitive to that fact, and because of it, it's a year later before we're finally take action," supervisor Michele Economou Ureste tells Fox 2's Taryn Asher.

Ureste has filed a lawsuit trying to force Coley's widow, Denise Coley, to take care of the blighted property. Denise Coley still owns the house, but since she has left we're told has nothing has been done to keep it up.

She has not abandoned it. She has simply not responded to the blight concerns. We have worked on this for about a year, so we had to file the motion in circuit court to try to gain some compliance," Ureste adds.

Ureste says the house was just appraised around $160,000, while other homes that surround it are worth more than half a million dollars.

Neighbors tell us off camera they have complained to the township about the toll it's taking on their property values, and about the gawkers that continue to drive by. They say some ever stop to take pictures of the house.

Many may still be curious about what caused Coley to snap. Court records show the couple had financial issues and were in the middle of a messy divorce. Coley's wife accused him of infidelity and emotional abuse as he threatened to take away their 7 -year-old son. She moved out a few months before this happened, but the township says the house is still her responsibility to clean up.

Fox 2 tried to hear from Denise Coley but she did not return phone calls or answer her door. The township wants her to pay to either fix it up or tear it town. If she refuses to take action, the house will likely go into foreclosure with the redemption period up to a year, meaning the blight will still not be fixed for quite some time.

  • Taryn AsherTaryn AsherMore>>

  • Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Man accused of calling taxi to move a body

    Monday, July 28 2014 10:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 02:20:50 GMT
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
    A mother is struggling with the fact that her 21-year-old daughter lost her battle with drug addiction, and then she learns the despicable lengths two people went to get rid of her child's body.
  • Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Renisha McBride's family leaves courtroom as photos are shown

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:29 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:29:16 GMT
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  
    On day two of the trial for Renisha McBride's shooting death, the final hours of her life and the moments after her death were detailed in court. Thursday the jury heard what Ted Wafer, her accused killer, told police about the shooting that night.  

  • 1 dead when car crashes into house after driver, passenger shot

    1 dead when car crashes into house after driver, passenger shot

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 10:30 PM EDT2014-07-24 02:30:13 GMT
    One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting on Detroit's west side. The two victims were riding in the same vehicle, which lost control and crashed into the side of a house after the shooting.
    One person is dead and another is injured after a shooting on Detroit's west side. The two victims were riding in the same vehicle, which lost control and crashed into the side of a house after the shooting.
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Michigan man mocked on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal, celebrities files lawsuit

    Michigan man mocked on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal, celebrities files lawsuit

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-30 23:08:15 GMT
    Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit in Macomb County court today.Jahmel Binion filed a lawsuit in Macomb County court today.
    They said they were sorry -- but it's not enough. The local man -- who was mocked for his appearance on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal and other celebrities is now suing.
    They said they were sorry -- but it's not enough. The local man -- who was mocked for his appearance on Instagram by Shaquille O'Neal and other celebrities is now suing.
  • Witnesses describe punch that killed soccer ref, say suspect has been violent before

    Witnesses describe punch that killed soccer ref, say suspect has been violent before

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:57:23 GMT
    More details emerged from 16th District Court about what happened on the soccer field the day that referee John Bieniewicz died, allegedly from a punch to the neck by Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad. Testimony was heard through the eyes of four witnesses, three players including two on the opposing team, one teammate of Saad and a police officer. According to court testimony, Saad has gotten violent before on the soccer field.Wiping away tears, 36-year-old Saad, facing a judge on second-degree murder ...
    More details emerged from 16th District Court about what happened on the soccer field the day that referee John Bieniewicz died, allegedly from a punch to the neck by Baseel Abdul-Amir Saad. Testimony was heard through the eyes of four witnesses, three players including two on the opposing team, one teammate of Saad and a police officer. According to court testimony, Saad has gotten violent before on the soccer field.Wiping away tears, 36-year-old Saad, facing a judge on second-degree murder ...
  • Woman's life changed from side effect of bariatric surgery

    Woman's life changed from side effect of bariatric surgery

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 6:41 PM EDT2014-07-30 22:41:11 GMT
    A metro Detroit woman should be celebrating her tremendous weight loss, but instead is now battling a rare condition that has her regretting her bariatric surgery.
    A metro Detroit woman should be celebrating her tremendous weight loss, but instead is now battling a rare condition that has her regretting her bariatric surgery.
Powered by WorldNow

WJZY FOX 46
3501 Performance Rd.
Charlotte, NC 28214
Main Number: (704) 398-0046

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices