WALLED LAKE, Mich. (WXYZ) — Walled Lake police were dispatched to a home on Glenwood Court near Maple in Walled Lake early Sunday morning following reports of shots fired.
According to police, a woman called 911 around 4 a.m. saying she had been shot by her father. Police have identified him as 53-year-old Igor Lanis.
They say at first officers traced the call to a neighbor's house and while there, they heard a gunshot next door.
Police say that's when Lanis came out of his home and began firing at the officers with a Remington 870 shotgun, striking a car an officer was behind and a home behind the officer. In response, a Walled Lake officer and an Oakland County Sheriff's Deputy fired back, killing him.
No one was injured from the shots Lanis fired towards the officer.
"Heard a loud bang, wasn't sure exactly what it was," neighbor Stephen Petras said.
"I saw lights from our police officers. Red and blue," Victoria Witnauer, another neighbor added.
Police say Lanis fatally shot his 56-year-old wife at least four times in the back. He also killed their family dog and shot their 25-year-old daughter, whom police say had called 911. She was initially listed in critical condition but has been upgraded to stable condition.
"She was trying to get out. She was crawling," Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said. "Currently the daughter has been stabilized but obviously she has super traumatic injuries from shotgun blast to her back and legs."
An autopsy determined preliminarily both Lanis and his wife died of gunshot wounds. Official results are still pending. The autopsy shows Lanis's wife was shot multiple times in the back and it appears as if she was trying to run out the front door.
The dog, believed to be a Great Pyrenees, was also shot multiple times.
According to the police, the family has another daughter, a younger one who was not home at the time.
"It's something you never want to have happen but obviously, the person was a clear and present threat to the officers. The deputy and the neighborhood frankly," Sheriff Bouchard said.
Police also Lanis has no criminal record or mental health conditions that they know of. His cell phone and other electronic devices are being examined to help determine a possible motive.
"I saw him walking the dog a couple of times," one neighbor said. "I said hello to him a couple days ago as I was doing yard work. Got no response from the guy, just had his head down."
This incident is the first officer-involved shooting in the history of the Walled Lake Police Department.