DETROIT – A Wayne State University police officer who was shot while on patrol near campus in Detroit has died, according to Wayne State Police Chief Anthony Holt.
Canine officer Collin Rose was surrounded by friends, family and more than 150 other police officers when he died at 5:30 at Detroit Receiving Hospital. Rose had been on life support following surgery late last night.
Rose had been in critical condition since he was shot on the job at about 6:45 p.m.
The 29-year-old was investigating possible thefts of navigation systems from cars when he radioed that he was about to speak to someone on a bike. Rose was shot in the head during the stop at Brainard and Lincoln, an area off campus where Wayne State Police Chief Holt says many students and some officers live.
Officers who arrived on the scene for backup found Rose injured on the ground. An officer immediately took Rose to the hospital, where he went into surgery. He pulled through surgery but remained in grave condition and was on a ventilator.
A person of interest DeAngelo Davis was taken into custody a few hours after the shooting. Chief Holt says the man in custody is known to the department as a person with assault-type behaviors. Holt said Wednesday morning during the press conference that this man is indeed a suspect.
Rose was not shot with his own gun, and authorities have offered a $5,000 reward for information that leads to the crime weapon. Call 1-888-ATF-TIPS if you know anything.
Rose, originally from the Kalamazoo area, was a 5-year veteran and worked as a canine handler. Chief Anthony Holt said Rose is one of the best canine handlers not only in the state, but probably in the country.
Rose’s fiancé works with Detroit Dog Rescue, sharing his passion.
“He’s not only an officer But has a specialty as a canine handler,” said WSU Police Chief Anthony Holt.
“He’s an animal lover. He has a great fiancé in there,” said Pastor W.J. Rideout, Wayne State’s chaplain.
Rose was engaged to be married in October of 2017, and was one credit shy of earning his master’s degree in police administration.