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Wayne State University police officer Collin Rose dies in the line of duty

Nov 23, 2016

This has been a developing story. We updated the post as new details were learned.

Update: Thursday, November 24, 10:45 a.m.   The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office says it has a warrant request in connection with the fatal shooting of Officer Collin Rose that is currently being reviewed. An update will be sent out when charges are authorized.

Update: Wednesday, November 23, 6:22 p.m.

Wayne State University campus police officer Collin Rose died today in a hospital after being shot last night while on patrol in Detroit.

Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson issued this statement:

I am saddened to report that a short time ago, Wayne State University officer Collin Rose died from the gunshot wound he suffered while working in the line of duty yesterday evening.

This is a tragedy felt by all of us -- Collin and his family and friends, his fiancée, and our campus and community.

Please keep Collin and his fiancée and family in your thoughts and prayers. Collin served Wayne State with distinction, and we owe those he left behind our deepest sympathies and our strong support.

Please keep all our police officers in your thoughts as well. Collin is the first and only Wayne State officer ever to fall in the line of duty. Our officers mourn with us, but these dedicated, professional men and women continue to serve us courageously, every day. We can honor Collin’s memory best with our ongoing gratitude and support for all of our officers.

Rose was 29 years old.

10:11 a.m.

Wayne State Police Chief Anthony Holt said Wednesday that he does not believe the shooting of officer Collin Rose on Tuesday evening "was an ambush." Rose was shot in the head while on patrol near a university campus in Detroit.

Holt says a suspect is in custody, but he has not been charged. He says no weapon has been recovered and an investigation is ongoing.

Holt says Rose's condition is "very grave" and the outcome is uncertain. He adds that the officer was one of the best canine handlers in the U.S.

Wayne State University spokesman Matt Lockwood said Wednesday morning that 29-year-old officer Collin Rose remains hospitalized in critical condition following the Tuesday night shooting. Lockwood says Michigan highway patrol officers escorted Rose's parents from their home to be with their son.

Lockwood says Rose graduated from Ferris State University in 2010 and was his fraternity's president. He says Rose is involved in cycling and a dog-training club. Rose's first job as an officer was with the village of Richland and he was a cadet with the New Baltimore Police Department.

Tuesday, November 22, 11:18 p.m.

The Wayne State officer shot tonight was identified as canine officer Collin Rose. Rose was shot in the head earlier this evening after investigating possible thefts from cars.

Wayne State University president M. Roy Wilson told the Associated Press that the officer had called for backup before the shooting. Arriving officers found Rose on the ground and took him to the hospital.

Wilson told WXYZ-TV that Rose was out of surgery, stable, but still in critical condition.

Detroit police deputy chief Steve Dolunt says police are talking to a person of interest, but it's unknown whether he is the suspected shooter.

10:20 p.m.

After a "massive manhunt" by local, state, and federal officials for the suspect in this evening's shooting of a Wayne State police officer, WDIV-TV reports that police took a suspect into custody:

Officials were searching for Deangelo Davis as a person of interest in the case. He was taken into custody around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday.

More updates on the shooting come from the Associated Press:

9:40 p.m.

Wayne State University's president says the downed campus police officer was shot in the head and was in critical condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital.

M. Roy Wilson spoke to The Associated Press Tuesday night from the hospital. He said a number of school officials were there, and that members of the officer's family were gathered there or on their way. Officials had not identified the officer. Wilson said the officer was a five-year veteran of the university police and was working in a canine unit. He said the campus area had experienced a string of car break-ins the past several weeks and arrests had been made. Wilson said the officer had called for backup. Arriving officers found him on the ground and took him to the hospital.

9:15 p.m.

A man who lives near the spot where a Wayne State University police officer was shot says he woke up to the sound of hollering and heard three shots being fired. Jacob Bolton tells The Associated Press he first thought he was dreaming but then heard the shots and "it was boom, boom, boom." The 20-year-old says he lives within two blocks of where the shooting occurred and when he stepped outside police officers were already on the scene carrying rifles. Detroit Police Chief James Craig says the officer is in "critical" condition after the shooting Tuesday night near the campus of Wayne State University. The five-year veteran of the department was on duty at the time of the shooting investigating possible thefts from cars. The chief said a "massive manhunt" with local, state and federal authorities was underway.

8:37 p.m.

Detroit's police chief says a university police officer is in "critical" condition after being shot while on duty near the campus of Wayne State University.

 James Craig told reporters in the area on Tuesday night that the five-year police veteran was shot once and was in surgery. He says the officer was on patrol when he radioed in and said he was investigating possible thefts from cars. The officer said he was going to speak to someone. Officers who arrived on the scene found the officer injured on the ground. The chief said a "massive manhunt" with local, state and federal authorities was underway. Craig also cited four officers shot around the country over the weekend, calling it a "very dangerous" time for officers. 

8:23 p.m.

A spokeswoman for the Detroit Police Department says that a Wayne State University officer has been shot.

Officer Shanelle Williams says that the victim of the Tuesday shooting is a Wayne State officer. She had no additional information.

WDIV-TV reports the officer was shot while stopping a man on a bicycle:
 

Police told Local 4's Tim Pamplin that officers from Wayne State University were talking to a man on a bicycle when three shots were fired.

"We have an officer who's been shot," Assistant Detroit police Chief Steve Dolunt said. "He was doing the stop of an individual on a bicycle. He was shot once in the head."

The officer's gun was missing, but has been recovered, authorities said.

 

The school has more than 27,000 students and is located in the heart Detroit.

The shooting follows four recent incidents in which law enforcement officers were shot.

A detective was fatally shot in San Antonio, Texas, on Sunday. Also Sunday, police officers were shot in St. Louis; in Gladstone, Missouri; and in Sanibel, Florida.