WATERFORD, Mich. (WJBK) - A man was shot and killed by police in Waterford early Friday morning after we're told he went on a violent rampage threatening multiple family members.
The hours-long ordeal ended with the 58-year-old being shot and killed by police outside of his brother's home in Waterford.
"He'd already beaten up my mom. He'd never done that before," Todd Ballard says of his brother, Steven.
The Army veteran, who we're told had Bipolar Disorder, lived in Fenton. The family says the overnight rampage started when he went to his mother's home in West Bloomfield and attacked her. She's 81 years old.
"Last night my mom called. He had gone over there and beat her up, I guess pretty bad," says Todd. "She didn't want me to call the police or anything so I didn't. So then he called here, at about 4 (a.m.) and said he was coming over here to kill me. He had a shotgun so then I called the police."
Police arrived quickly. Todd and his wife went to his mother's home and police stayed in the area. Sadly enough, Steven kept his word and came to their neighborhood with the shotgun.
His neighbor, and a friend of the family, was terrified inside her home.
"This morning I heard the sirens full blast and lights going on, and watched them from the window in my house ride around here a few times chasing him, and they finally blocked him in," she said. "They said, 'Get your hands up! Get your hands up!' and I heard 5 or 6 shots and then I heard, 'Where did he go?' and that's all that was said."
Steven's mental health worsened over the years. We're told he had trouble keeping a job and became more depressed when he had trouble getting on disability. But with that, his brother says he leaves behind a family that will miss him dearly.
"Now the police officer that shot him is going to be hurting for a long time, the family's going to be hurting for a long time. He's got two great kids and a wife. One of them just graduating from Purdue and the other one just graduated from Miami of Ohio," Todd says.
The car that Steven drove into the neighborhood was still on scene, as well as a heavy police presence later Friday morning. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office will handle the investigation.
Steven's mother wasn't badly hurt and will okay.