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Wayne State Officer Collin Rose, 29, Dies a Day After Shooting Near Campus


November 23, 2016, 8:36 PM

The gravely injured Wayne State University Police Department officer shot near campus died at Detroit Receiving Hospital, the school's president announces.

Collin Rose, a 29-year-old Kalamazoo native who joined the campus force five years ago, had been on life support following head surgery late Tuesday.

He's the first WSU officer killed in the line of duty, the university says. Thirty-six years had passed since a campus officer was wounded by gunfire.

This announcement was posted at 6 p.m. Wednesday:


Officer Collin Rose planned to marry next month. (Wayne State University photo)

Detroit's mayor tweets:

Update, 10:50 a.m. Wednesday: Wayne State Police Chief Anthony Holt said at a press conference this morning: "Things are very grave"  for WSU police officer Collin Rose, who was shot in head and is on life support, the Detroit Free Press reports.

The officer, a police dog handler, is engaged to be married in early 2017.

The suspect has a history of being combative with police, the paper reports. 

Oakland Sheriff Mike Bouchard is among area law enforcers voicing sympathy, solidarity and outrage. On his Facebook page, Bouchard says he's "thankful that this coward is in police custody and hope that justice will be served in this horrific tragedy." 

Update, 10:50 p.m. Tuesday: A suspect has been arrested in the shooting of a Wayne State University police officer, the Detroit Free Press says.

The suspect is believed to have ridden a blue mountain bike found at the scene of the shooting at 6:45 p.m. several blocks southwest of campus, according to the paper.

A WDIV reporter tweets this status report on the wounded canine squad officer taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital:

Original article:

Detroit police, state troopers and officers from Wayne State's force are hunting for a gunman who wounded a WSU officer around 6:45 p.m. Tuesday, media reports say.  

The shooting was at Lincoln and Brainard, near West Grand and Martin Luther King boulevards, according to The South End student newspaper and Motor City Muckraker.

WWJ posts early information:

Detroit police confirm a Wayne State University officer has been shot and transported to an area hospital. 

Authorities telling WWJ that the officer was shot in the head after stopping a person on a bike in the vicinity of the university. 

The identity of the officer has not been released. 

The unidentified victim is at Detroit Receiving Hospital in critical condition, according to Steve Neavling of Motor City Muckraker. He adds:

The officer was in surgery this evening, Chief James Craig said at the scene

“We pray for the recovery of this Wayne State police officer,” Craig said. “An attack on a police officer is an attack on all of us.”

"Officers,some armed with assault rifles, were combing the area two blocks from Grand River," Mark Hicks writes at The Detroit News. Neighbors are asked to stay inside, Tresa Baldas writes at the Detroit Free Press:

An email listserv managed by residents of the Woodbridge neighborhood, near to where the shooting occurred, said officers advised residents to stay indoors while they search for the shooter.

Kim Trent, a member of WSU's publicly elected Board of Governors, posts the news on her Facebook page and adds:

I often hear from Detroiters how much they value the service our officers provide for the neighborhoods surrounding our campus. I hope you will link hands and hearts with us as we pray for this public servant and our entire police force.

-- Alan Stamm



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