Suspect's DNA Linked to Slaying of WSU Cop -- Chief Craig

Raymond Durham

Update, 12:45 p.m. Friday: Detroit Police James Craig confirms that DNA from suspect Raymond Durham has been linked to the fatal shooting in November of Wayne State University Campus Officer Collin Rose.

"This is one component of the investigation," Craig said, explaining that more evidence needs to be gathered and more interviews conducted.  

The Michigan State Police lab confirmed the DNA tests, and are continuing to conduct ballistics tests on the gun that was recovered from Durham on Wednesday night. 

The department is preparing a warrant request for the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office, says Sgt. Michael Woody, a department spokesman A warrant request already was submitted for Durham in the shooting of two Detroit Police officers on Wednesday night. Both are recovering.

Woody said the department would not comment on a report by Deadline Detroit that Durham made a hospital-bed confession on Thursday that he killed WSU Officer Rose.

Chief James Craig at a press conference Friday.

Original article, Thursday night:

Raymond Durham, who was arrested Wednesday night in the shooting of two Detroit cops, made a confession from his hospital bed on Thursday that he fatally shot Wayne State University Officer Collin Rose last November, a source tells Deadline Detroit.

The confession was made at Ford Hospital on West Grand Blvd. in Detroit where he was being treated for multiple gunshot wounds from Wednesday night's encounter with the two officers he allegedly shot. Both officers are expected to recover.

The source also confirmed that DNA has linked the suspect to the WSU cop killing. 

Fox 2's Randy Wimbley, citing unnamed sources, first reported that the DNA from the suspect matches the DNA from the shooting of officer Rose. WDIV reported at the 11 p.m. broadcast that DNA was found on a flashlight and a glove, and that the family had said Durham is schizophrenic and homeless.

Chief James Craig earlier on Thursday at a press conference denied that Durham confessed to the Wayne State shooting.

Deadline Detroit reported on Thursday that residents on the west side of Detroit have told police that they had previously seen Durham riding a bike around town that looked like the one linked to the November slaying of Rose.

A video shows a man riding a bike that November night. A photo of the bike has been released to the public.

Another video from that night shows a man running away near the scene of the shooting. It appears that the clothes Durham was wearing Wednesday night may have been similar to the clothes worn by the person in the video.

The Michigan State Police lab is conducting forensics tests on a gun that was recovered from Durham.

The investigation into the shooting was a joint effort by the Detroit Police homicide task force, DEA, ATF, Wayne County Sheriff's Department, Wayne State University Campus Police and the Michigan Department of Corrections. 

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