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Police: Detroit police officer found dead after apparent murder-suicide in Redford Twp.

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A photo of Anna Hamilton. A photo of Anna Hamilton.
Authorities on scene Thursday afternoon. Authorities on scene Thursday afternoon.
REDFORD, Mich (WJBK) -- Family members hug one another as Redford police and state police detectives investigate an apparent murder-suicide on the 9900 block of Kinloch in Redford Township.

Office Anna Hamilton, a 16-year-veteran of the Detroit Police Department, was found shot and killed. Her husband Damon Barton was also dead by gunshot.

Both were found in their home Thursday around 11 a.m.

Detroit City Council President Brenda Jones immediately attended a grief counseling session at the northwest district where Hamilton was assigned.

"Something had happened with the husband, don't know exactly what the situation was, killed her and then killed himself," Jones says.

Neighbor Paul Cobb said the victim's family members described the same scenario.

"He had shot her and called his brother and basically said, 'I did it', and then shot himself afterwards, and I guess his brother came over, and I guess his brother was the one that called 911," says Cobb.

Redford police confirmed a family member arrived and called 911, but Redford authorities and the state police, for now, are not describing who shot whom.

Cobb says Hamilton was seeking a divorce.

"She was in the process of wanting to get a divorce and he was, obviously, not happy about it," he says. "Friends and family had actually given her money to get a divorce on Mother's Day. That was one of the gifts that they gave her."

Colleagues on the Detroit Police Department who worked with Hamilton are crushed with the news.

"Well, I can't comment on the situation and normally we're not necessarily supposed to comment, but this I can say because she was an outstanding woman, outstanding officer and she was a friend. She was a friend to all of us. She was a great hugger, great encourager, and the stuff we go through in this city, it's officers like that that make your job better," says Steve Kanakis of the Detroit Police Department.

The couple had two adult children. The family has declined to comment.

Hamilton served 16 years on the force. She is said to have currently been working as a patrol officer but had previously worked in the narcotics unit.
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