Homeowner who helped end Ortonville manhunt says he found suspected shooter in fogged-up car
Michael Joseph Quigley found inside homeowner's car
ORTONVILLE, Mich. – The homeowner who helped police end a long manhunt in Oakland County spoke to Local 4 after he discovered a man wanted in connection with a double shooting hiding on his property.
The man didn't want to give his name, but he described how he found Michael Joseph Quigley, 34, who was wanted in connection with the Tuesday shooting of his estranged wife and her friend at an apartment in Ortonville.
"About 5:15 this afternoon, a resident here in the township contacted our sheriff's dispatch expressing concerns over one of his vehicles on his property," said Sgt. Gary Miller, of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office. "Approximately five minutes later, the suspect was taken into custody without incident."
The homeowner said he noticed something was wrong when he pulled into his driveway and couldn't see into his other vehicle because the windows were so foggy.
"I was pulling down the driveway," he said. "I saw the windows were fogged up. I stopped to check it out and he was under a blanket in the back."
The homeowner said he pulled Quigley out of the car and called 911.
"I had him on the ground," he said. "I stayed on the phone with 911 and within minutes the SWAT team came out of the woods and took it from there."
You can watch the full interview with the homeowner in the video posted above.
Quigley looked 'disheveled and tired'
The homeowner said he was armed when he pulled Quigley out of the car.
"I told him that it was over, that everything was OK, that I wasn't going to harm him," he said.
The homeowner said Quigley was "disheveled and tired."
He said his family was inside the house while he was dealing with Quigley.
"My neighbor came out to let his dogs out and I was whistling to him to get his attention, and he came out," he said. "Before he even got to me, the SWAT team came out of the woods and told him to go back in."
He said the SWAT team was within 50 yards of the spot where he found Quigley.
Police began the manhunt Tuesday night, and continued searching for nearly 24 hours. They believed Quigley was armed and dangerous until they found a .22-caliber handgun and a cellphone in a bush near the shooting scene.
"I haven't really slept," he said. "I haven't slept. I went to work. I work really close, so we were on high alert there, too. I'm just glad it's over and I really just want to have a pizza with my wife and daughter for our 15th anniversary."
He said he's not sure how long Quigley had been hiding in the car, but it looked as if he had been awake for a long time.
"It looked like he had been up for a long time," he said. "(He looked) cold, and he didn't really respond except for doing exactly what I told him to.
"I just told him to get on the ground and that everything was over, and that I had a weapon on him and I'm calling 911, and that's about it."
He said he was "absolutely" concerned that Quigley might have had a weapon, which is why he was armed during the incident.
"Once I got him face-down, that was it," he said.
Police 'relieved' after long manhunt ends
Miller said he's "very relieved" that the search ended with an arrest.
"It's been a tremendous effort by everyone," Miller said. "I can't help the residents of the township and the people of the village for all the calls they gave us. ... It was a great effort by everyone and we're glad it's over."
Miller said Quigley is being held at the Oakland County Jail and will be interviewed by detectives.
Quigley doesn't have any injuries.
"I've been on the phone with the FBI, the Border Patrol was out here," Miller said. "Our Violent Crime Task Force with the FBI came out for assistance. We have K-9 units from West Bloomfield and Rochester City. The (Michigan State Police) were getting ready, we told them once these dogs get a little tired we were going to bring their dogs over to relieve them. So just a tremendous effort."
You can watch the full update from Miller below:
Quigley wanted in double shooting
Quigley is accused of shooting his estranged wife and a man at a home in the 90 block of Village Court in Ortonville. The shooting happened before 10 p.m. Tuesday.
The victims were taken to the hospital in critical condition, but they are now stable.
A 3-year-old girl -- the male victim's daughter -- was in the home when the shooting happened, police said. She was not injured and is safe with other family members.
The Oakland County Sheriff's Office said Quigley pushed his way through a door into the apartment where the victims were visiting.
"He pushed his way into the apartment where an argument took place between those present. At this time, Quigley fired off multiple shots using a .22-caliber silver revolver," reads a statement from the Sheriff's Office. "One bullet struck the male victim in the eye and another bullet struck the female victim in the back of the head."
Police found Quigley's truck when they arrived at the shooting scene. There was no other sign of Quigley until around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, when his cellphone and the .22-caliber handgun were found in a bush near the scene.
Couple was going through divorce
Quigley's estranged wife filed for divorce Nov. 7, according to officials.
"We know that he was distraught over their separation," said Capt. Gary Miller, of the Oakland County Sheriff's Office.
Police said the woman was in the process of obtaining a personal protection order against Quigley and was due for a hearing Wednesday.
Quigley recently involved in hit-and-run
Police said Quigley was arrested Friday and held in the Oakland County Jail in connection with a hit-and-run crash.
He was released on bond the following day, when he voluntarily checked himself in to Common Ground, where family members said he was seeking treatment for an opiate addition, police said.
Manhunt causes school closures
The search forced several school districts to close Wednesday as a precaution.
- Lake Orion Community Schools was open but under a soft lockdown
- Brandon, Clarkston, Oxford schools were closed while police search for gunman
- The Goodrich Area Schools district was also closed Wednesday
- Lake Orion Community Schools were open but under a soft lockdown Wednesday
Quigley was wrestling coach
Lake Orion Community Schools said Quigley was a wrestling coach at a middle school in the district. The district would not say at which middle school he was working. The district said he was a seasonal coach and never worked as a teacher in the district.
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