Genesee County, MI - Grand Blanc Police Officer Tammy Bice, 37, was found dead in the front yard of her home on Wednesday, Nov. 29. She was off-duty at the time.
The incident occurred about 3:36 a.m. in the 4500 block of N. Belsay Road. Police said that Officer Bice died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Genesee County Central Dispatch dispatched a "miscellaneous fire" to the fire department at about 5 a.m., which now appears to be a code to assist at a sensitive scene, according to WNEM.
Firefighters responded to the scene, and assisted in blocking the street and re-routing traffic for school.
According to WNEM, Grand Blanc Police Chief Brian Lipe said in a press release:
"We are deeply saddened with the untimely death of one of our officers. Ofc. Tammy Bice passed away at her home in Genesee Township in the early morning hours of November 19, 2017. On duty, she was an outstanding officer with an exceptional record, far exceeding every expectation asked of our officers. Off duty, she was an extraordinary person who had a love for animals and showed that love by being actively involved in the Pets in Peril program in Flint."
In December, 2016, Officer Bice introduced a young girl named Ariana who was fighting cancer to her department. She helped coordinate a fundraiser for the child, and made sure the outreach continued this year. She organized an event, No Shave December, and encouraged her fellow officers to participate.
Earlier in November, Officer Bice planned a special day for 10-year-old Jonny, who is fighting leukemia. Jonny became a Grand Blanc police officer for a day.
Chief Lipe said, "You could see that it brought joy to her and her family that we were able to do that. And that was all thanks to Tammy."
He said that the department would continue the tradition of sponsoring at least one seriously ill child every year, as a way to honor Officer Bice, according to WJRT.
Officer Tammy Bice was a two-year veteran of the agency.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Grand Blanc Police Officer Tammy Bice, both blood and blue. Godspeed, ma'am, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.