MELBOURNE, Fla. (FOX 35 WOFL) - 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."
Update: one occupant has safely escaped from the home. Shooter and one other remain inside home. #WMPDPIO— West Melbourne PD (@WestMelbournePD) October 12, 2017
Other remaining occupant removed from residence. We believe the only other occupant to be shooter. #WMPDPIO— West Melbourne PD (@WestMelbournePD) October 12, 2017
Suspected shooter has been found deceased inside the residence. #WMPDPIO— West Melbourne PD (@WestMelbournePD) October 12, 2017
Shooter appears to have suffered self inflicted gun shot #WMPDPIO— West Melbourne PD (@WestMelbournePD) October 12, 2017