16-year-old found dead after opening fire on police

- It was a difficult morning for family, friends and law enforcement after an armed teenager took his own life. 

West Melbourne Police say it started with a disturbance call around midnight from a woman inside a home on Martin Lane who said her 16-year old grandson, Michael Proctor, was being unruly.   

As police were interviewing family members in the living room, Proctor emerged from a back bedroom and started firing at officers using a small caliber long gun.

"The officers did not have a chance to return fire and there were multiple shots fired at officers," said Capt. Richard Cordeau of the West Melbourne PD.

The SWAT team was called in and helped get two other people out of the house before trying for hours on a megaphone to get the armed teen to surrender.  After no response from Proctor, officers fired tear gas into the house.  Once inside the home, they found 16-year old Michael Proctor dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

Police confirmed no shots were fired by law enforcement. 

Investigators say there was talk of the teen having a firearm yesterday, but the gun had been taken away from him earlier in the day.  Family told us off camera that Michael was a good kid and a straight-A student.

Neighbor Thomas Terzieff was concerned for his family's safety during the standoff.

"I knew it had to be serious, revealed Terzieff.  I was worried because I've got my kids sleeping in the house.  I had everybody lay on the floor. I didn’t know what was going on.  It’s a tragedy."
 

 

 

 

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