1,000 at vigil for slain suburban Detroit officer

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

More than 1,000 people have turned out for a vigil for a police officer who was fatally shot while responding to a 911 call about a possible suicide attempt.

The vigil for 39-year-old Officer Pat O'Rourke was held Tuesday night outside the police department in Oakland County's West Bloomfield Township.

The Detroit Free Press says the crowd exceeded 1,000 at the vigil, which lasted about two hours.

Authorities say a former auto executive facing business and family troubles fired on police responding to a call at his home on Sunday night in the wealthy Detroit suburb, killing O'Rourke and sparking a 20-hour siege that ended with the suspect dead amid a weapons-strewn bedroom.

O'Rourke was a West Bloomfield officer for 12 years. He was married and had four children.

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