Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose died late this afternoon, nearly 24 hours after he was shot in the head while patrolling about a half mile west of campus.
Rose was 29 years old and expecting to get married.
“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,” Wayne State University President M. Roy Wilson wrote students and faculty at 6 p.m. today. “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.”
The suspected shooter, DeAngelo Davis, 31, was arrested about three hours after the shooting near Martin Luther King and W. Grand River. Davis had violent run-ins with Wayne State police in the past.
Police still aren’t sure what led up to the shooting.
“Please keep all our police officers in your thoughts as well,” Wilson said. “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.”
Wayne State police routinely patrol off campus because many students live within a mile of the university. The campus police department is credited with making Midtown and the Cass Corridor safer.
Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.