Grandmother: West Melbourne teen in standoff had taken drugs

By Greg Pallone, Jerry Hume and Anthony Leone, Spectrum News 13 Team Coverage
Last Updated: Thursday, October 12, 2017, 5:08 PM EDT

Grief counselors visited Melbourne High School Thursday as students dealt with news that a fellow student took his own life in a standoff with West Melbourne police.

  • Michael Proctor has been ID'ed as the shooter
  • Grandmother: Proctor bought drugs from a friend, said he was going to die
  • Standoff lasted overnight for hours

Michael Proctor, 16, was found dead inside the barricaded house early Thursday morning.

Proctor's grandmother Lorene Powers, says she went to check on the teen Wednesday night at a home on Martin Lane.

Powers said he told her he had bought drugs from a friend and taken them.

"He said 'I’m going to die,'" Powers told News 13. "I asked him 'What makes you say that?' He said, 'I took those pills.'"

That's when Powers called police, and when officers arrived to talk to the family, investigators say Proctor began firing at them through his door.

Officers entered the home and were able to get the teen's aunt and uncle, grandmother and a friend out safely.

"As I came out into the hall, it sounded like an automatic, I don't know what kind of gun," Proctor's aunt Libby Morey said. "It was shooting a lot. And then the cops yelled 'fire! fire!' and then they got me out of the house." 

Proctor then barricaded himself inside the house, and for several overnight hours police tried to negotiate for him to give up peacefully.

Finally around 6:30 Thursday morning, police entered the home and found the teen dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Family members say this was not in his personality at all.

"Michael was a straight A student," said Morey. "Honor roll. All-around good kid."

His aunt adds Proctor was into computers and had lots of friends.

Police records show he was arrested for breaking into a nearby home back in April, and stealing a gun and cell phone.

"This is never the resolution that we want. This is a young life taken too soon, 16 years old," said West Melbourne Police Capt. Richard Cordeau.