DETROIT, MICH. - A man accused of killing a Wayne State University police officer was ordered jailed without bond at his arraignment Friday morning on murder charges.
Deangelo L. Davis, 31, of Detroit is charged with first-degree murder, murder of a police officer, felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearm, as well as being a habitual offender. The murder charges carry mandatory life sentences.
Davis was arraigned in 34th District Court in Romulus via video from the Wayne County Jail. A preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Dec. 16
Davis is accused of shooting Officer Collin Rose in the head Tuesday night in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood, just west of Wayne State's Midtown campus, while the officer was trying to take him into custody, authorities said. The 29-year-old police officer died late Wednesday afternoon.
Prosecutor Kym Worthy announced the charges against Davis earlier this morning in a news release:
"Universally, Officer Rose was respected, admired, and one that had an excellent work ethic," Worthy said. "Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Officer Rose. All of us at the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office grieve along with the Wayne State University community and the law enforcement community. This case strongly illustrates the dangers that police officers face every minute of every day."
According to Worthy, Rose was conducting a traffic investigation of Davis, who was riding a bicycle in the area of Lincoln and Brainard. Rose called for backup at 6:31 p.m. and while he was attempting to take Davis into custody, the suspect shot the officer in the head, then fled on foot, Worthy said.
Davis has a history of being combative with police officers, court records show. He was charged in 2011 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. In 2009, he was charged with assault/resisting/obstructing police officers with Taylor Police Department.
Several police officers were in the courtroom during Davis's arraignment Friday.
Wayne State University Lt. Patrick Saunders, who was Rose's supervisor, said after the arraignment that Rose is remembered as a "great officer, good guy, friend to everyone."
He said he was a highly dedicated officer who "probably led the department in arrests," always working to keep the community safe.
Saunders said he was well-liked and always kept a good sense of humor.
"It didn't matter what was going on, he had a smile on his face, a laugh," he said. "He was that light in the room."
Rose's parents live in a community near Kalamazoo, and Saunders said he spoke with them this morning.
"They told me when they rolled into town Thanksgiving morning, all of the lights in the town were blue," he said. "And so the town has wrapped their arms around them. And we've wrapped our arms around them."
Rose was one credit short of getting his master's degree in police administration from the university, and Saunders said he's heard it's likely to be granted posthumously.
"His mom was extremely proud that he was about to finish his master's degree," he said.
Rose had two police dogs, Clyde and Wolverine, both of which he'd gotten last summer. Saunders said Clyde, a Rottweiler, is with Rose's family, while Wolverine, a specially trained bomb sniffing dog, is going back to the police force.
Detroit Free Press