A sad first in Detroit: Police say a Wayne State University police officer was gravely injured Tuesday evening in the first-ever shooting of an officer on the campus force. Police say the shooting victim, a 29-year-old K9 officer who has been on the force five years, is in "very critical" condition after being shot in the head while on duty a few blocks away from campus, the Detroit Free Press reports. M. Roy Wilson, the university's president, tells the AP that officer Colin Rose, who was shot while investigating reports of navigation systems being stolen from cars, is out of surgery but has a long recovery ahead of him, and surgeons say he is not "totally out of the woods."
After a huge manhunt involving dozens of officers from six police agencies, a suspect was arrested a few blocks away from the campus. Wilson says the motive is still unclear, "whether it was an ambush or something different," and the recent shootings of police officers in several other cities around the country is "something that's crossed our minds." He told the Free Press that Rose is one of the best officers that he knows. "He does a lot of community service," Wilson said. "He reaches out to kids. This is a real member of the community." (A suspect accused of killing a police officer in San Antonio says he was upset over a custody battle.)