Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose was investigating vehicle break-ins off campus around 6:30 p.m., when he radioed in that he was going to speak to someone riding a bike.
Minutes later, 29-year-old Rose was shot in the head. He was rushed to the hospital after being found by his partner.
Tragically, Officer Rose has succumbed to his injuries and passed away surrounded by family, friends, and his fiancée.
The officer involved in the off-campus shooting is 29-year-old Collin Rose. Please keep Officer Rose in your thoughts and prayers tonight. pic.twitter.com/Zj4mMPpjq3
— Wayne State Univ (@waynestate) November 23, 2016
The New Baltimore Police Department, where Rose had served as a cadet, expressed its condolences for the slain officer:
“The New Baltimore Police Department was saddened to hear of Officer Collin Rose’s passing this evening. Officer Rose served the New Baltimore Police Department as a Cadet in 2010, and his loss is being felt here deeply. Officer Rose had an impeccable work ethic and loved what he did for the community. Our heartfelt condolences are offered to Officer Rose’s family, fiancée, friends and fellow officers. This tragic event reminds all of us how precious life is and Officer Rose should be honored.
Officer Rose is a true hero, and we hope the fact that he in honored by so many brings some comfort in this time of loss. We will not forget Officer Rose and he will forever be in society’s debt for what he has done for the community and this profession.”
— KB (@Kayla__Brandon) November 23, 2016
Governor Rick Snyder also released a statement expressing his sadness at the loss of another young officer:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Officer Collin Rose and my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers during this tragic time. Officer Rose was well-respected by fellow law enforcement officers and the community for his work and his commitment to serving others. May he rest in peace knowing that Michiganders are collectively mourning his loss and that we will support his family, friends and colleagues to the best of our ability while they grieve.”
Last night a massive procession of police vehicles escorted Rose’s body from the hospital in a touching and powerful moment:
Only one suspect has been questioned in regards to the Detroit area shooting. A bike was left at the scene and police were looking for an African American man in his 40s with a full beard. He was allegedly wearing a white t-shirt with white and black lettering, a skull cap and a brown jacket.
Now, Deangelo Lamarr Davis has been taken into custody but has not been charged with the murder.
Person of interest in shooting: Deangelo Lamarr Davis, b/m, 510, 210. May be armed, do not approach call 911. pic.twitter.com/tI0gPGZoL9
— MSP Metro Detroit (@mspmetrodet) November 23, 2016
According to CBS News, police are still looking for the weapon that killed Officer Rose, as he wasn’t shot with his own gun.
Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson said that no university officer has ever been killed in the line of duty until now, and the last to be shot was 36 years ago. He told Fox 2 Detroit:
“Many of these officers are younger than 36, and they haven’t dealt with something like this. They have a lot to try to take in.”
The 29-year-old was described as one of the youngest and most talented K-9 officers around, according to Wayne State Police Chief Anthony Holt:
“He is a tremendous officer, very young, very pro-active. He is ingrained with the community, he reaches out to slain officer families all over the country. He is a very caring officer.”
Rest in peace, Officer Rose.