June 12, 2014 at 1:00 am

Neighbors, police in 'total shock' after Detroit officer killed in apparent murder-suicide

A Michigan State crime scene technician walks in to the home of a Detroit Police officer on Thursday after a murder-suicide in Redford Township house. (Steve Perez / The Detroit News)

Redford Township — An off-duty veteran Detroit police officer who received a life-saving citation her first year on the job was killed by her husband Thursday morning in what police are calling a murder-suicide.

Redford Township police were called at 11:39 a.m. to the 9900 block of Kinloch, where officers forced their way inside and found the couple dead, police said.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said the incident appeared to be a murder-suicide.

“This is tragic,” said Craig. “I’ve had a chance to talk with a number of her fellow officers, who all expressed tremendous sadness. She was well-respected by many. I looked at her personnel file, and she received a lifesaving citation her first year.

“One of the officers I spoke with referred to her as a mother figure. He said he spoke with her this morning, and that he didn’t detect any problems. He’s in total shock.”

Police and neighbors identified the officer as Anna Hamilton, a 17-year veteran, and said she had lived in the home for a few years.

On Thursday afternoon Redford police, Detroit police and Michigan State Police cars blocked off the streets surrounding the home as investigators worked inside. The front door was open and curtains blew outside an open side window.

Craig said Michigan State Police are investigating the incident.

As of Thursday evening police did not yet know what the circumstances were that led to the shooting, according to Detroit Police Spokesman Adam Madera.

Redford Detective Sgt. Kevin Crittenden said a family member called police, saying an incident had occurred at the house.

Neighbors said they didn’t hear any gunfire.

Tom Ivan and another neighbor, Paul Cobb, said Hamilton was a friendly person.

“She was a good person,” Cobb said. “This is a neighborhood where we would mow each other’s grass, shovel each other’s snow. We helped each other out all the time. She always believed in giving people a second chance.”

The officer, who joined the police force in 1998, spent time at the 6th Precinct and the Narcotics Section. She once talked a disturbed man out of killing his family, after he’d held them hostage and threatened to burn his house down.

“She was very committed to her job,” Craig said. “This is a tremendous loss to both the Detroit Police family and the citizens of Detroit.”

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