Police records reveal ‘parting gift’ connected to death outside Spectrum

Posted at 4:58 PM, Jun 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-24 16:58:40-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — It was a scary day for police, hospital employees and bystanders in downtown Grand Rapids when a man began shooting outside of the Spectrum ER, killing himself.

Grand Rapids Community College even canceled classes for the rest day on June 1. That's when a man took his own life outside Spectrum Butterworth Hospital's emergency room. Police said Corbin Armock, 26, died from a single gunshot wound to the head.

FOX 17 obtained police records from the Grand Rapids Police Department through the Freedom of Information Act from that day. Records show Armock suffered from depression for years. His family told police that he attempted to take his own life twice as an adult and that he'd been receiving professional mental health counseling since high school.

Records show hospital staff found a suicide note in Armock’s pocket, and it mentioned a ‘parting gift’ in his vehicle for law enforcement. A bomb squad searched Armock’s backpack and car for explosives but found nothing dangerous.

Documents show that police believe the 'gift' was a stack of CD’s with music, a verbal suicide note, and picture slideshow of Armock and his family over the years. His father told police the video would be played at the 26-year-old's funeral.

According to records, police found paperwork for the gun in Armock's bedroom dresser. Documents  indicated it was bought from a local gun shop. Nothing in the police report mentioned when it was purchased, but Armock's parents said they didn’t know he owned a gun. His father asked for it to be destroyed.