Prosecutors plan to seek charges in Wayne State officer's shooting death

Prosecutors seek charges in WSU officer's death

DETROIT, MICH. - The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office said today that staff attorneys are reviewing a warrant request from police in the case of a man arrested in the shooting death of Wayne State University Police K9 Officer Collin Rose.

The suspect won’t be arraigned today, according to an email today from Maria Miller, spokeswoman for Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy. The man in custody is not being named by the Free Press because he has not been formally charged with a crime.

Rose, 29, died Wednesday night after undergoing emergency surgery immediately following the shooting, then being on life support at Detroit Receiving Hospital, according to Wayne State University officials.

The five-year veteran of the department was found shot at least once in the head about 6:45 p.m. Tuesday night in front of the Lincoln Apartments, about seven blocks southwest of the Wayne State University campus  — near Martin Luther King Blvd. and Trumbull, according to Detroit Police. A witness, apartment manager Betty Evans, said Tuesday night that she saw Rose fall after being wounded and that she heard three shots fired. WSU police are sworn members of the Detroit Police Department and are able to patrol anywhere in the city, Detroit Police said.

Rose was a K9 officer, but he'd left his two drug-sniffing dogs in his vehicle, observing proper police procedure, when he approached the suspect to question him, according to Wayne State University Police Chief Anthony Holt.

Minutes after the shooting, investigators from half-dozen police agencies launched an intense manhunt for the suspect, who was linked by a witness to a blue mountain bike, Holt said at a news conference shortly after the shooting. After a three-hour manhunt, officers arrested the suspect in a field near the shooting site, police said.

The suspect is known to Wayne State Police and other area departments. In 2011, he was charged with two charges of felony assault involving a police officer, one causing injury, and pleaded guilty, resulting in a 53-day jail sentence, the records show.

Detroit Free Press


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