Wayne State University has identified the police officer shot Tuesday evening as Collin Rose. University officials also said they would hold an 8:30 a.m. press conference today to update his status.
Rose, 29, was a K-9 officer, who had was hired by the Wayne State police department in March 2011, the department said in an e-mail to reporters.
Rose was shot in the head and was fighting for his life while undergoing surgery late Tuesday night at Detroit Receiving Hospital, police said earlier Tuesday.
The suspect had been arrested.
The arrested man is believed to be the person of interest described on the university's website and linked to a blue mountain bike, which found at the scene of the shooting at 6:45 p.m. several blocks southwest of the WSU campus.
Rose was patrolling an area a few blocks off campus, near Martin Luther King Blvd. and Trumbull, when he stopped to investigate a man, Wayne State police chief Anthony Holt said. It was unclear whether the officer had responded to a 911 call, although a woman who said she witnessed the shooting also said she'd called 911 about a troublesome man on a bike.
The back-up officer enroute to the scene found the wounded officer on the ground, suffering from at least one serious gunshot wound, Holt said.
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