Detroit police Thursday morning announced that the man allegedly involved in the shooting of two Detroit police officers has not yet confessed to the murder of Wayne State University police officer Collin Rose, as previously reported by WXYZ-TV.
Police, in a manhunt that included more than 200 local and federal agents, arrested Wednesday's shooting suspect on the city's west side about two hours after he shot the officers. Both the suspect and officers are in stable condition with bullet wounds.
"Clearly, he was aggressively trying to kill our officers," Detroit Police Chief James Craig said today at a news conference.
He said the two were investigating narcotics-related shootings when they encountered the "agitated" and "very violent" man on a street.
Craig said rumors that the suspect had confessed to killing WSU officer Collin Rose last year are false. But he said the suspect's appearance and manner of attack are similar to the Rose case, and Wednesday's shooting was near the same area. Craig called the reporting "irresponsible."
Rose was killed on Nov. 22 in the area of Brainard and Lincoln in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood.
The man was arrested Wednesday night, following a massive manhunt that covered several blocks of the city's west side.
The incident began when two officers were on special operations in a semi-marked police car, wearing body armor, doing a narcotics investigation not far from where Rose was shot.
One officer was shot in the ankle and the other in the neck; they reportedly drove themselves to Detroit Receiving Hospital and both were recently reported in stable condition.
Craig confirmed the suspect has previous convictions for property crime, and no history of violence.
Rose was the first Wayne State officer to be killed in the line of duty. He was the second Wayne State officer to be shot while on duty.