University Police Officer Shot in Head Dies

Collin Rose is the first Wayne State officer to be killed in the line of duty
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 23, 2016 6:29 PM CST
Wayne State Police Officer Dies After Being Shot in Head
Wayne State University police officer Collin Rose, who was shot in the head while on patrol near the Detroit campus on Tuesday, died Wednesday evening.   (MJ Murawka/Wayne State University via AP)

A 29-year-old Wayne State University police officer who was shot in the head Tuesday night died Wednesday evening, WDIV reports. "This is a tragedy felt by all of us—Collin and his family and friends, his fiancée, and our campus and community," the Detroit Free Press quotes Wayne State president M. Roy Wilson as saying in a statement. Collin Rose is the first Wayne State officer to be killed in the line of duty. He was patrolling a neighborhood near the Detroit campus with his two police dogs when he stopped a man on a bicycle. It's unclear why Rose stopped the man, though a resident had called 911 about him earlier. According to CNN, Rose called for backup, which arrived to find him with a gunshot to the head.

It's unclear exactly what happened during the shooting, and the gun used to shoot Rose still hasn't been found. Police quickly arrested a suspect who has yet to be charged. The suspect is a homeless man and regular in the area who pleaded guilty to assaulting an officer back in 2011. Rose had been on life support since surgery Tuesday. His family was with him when he died. Rose was one credit away from getting his master's degree and was supposed to get married next October. His police chief says he was an "outstanding, proactive officer." Rose was the fifth officer shot in the US in less than a week. (Read more Wayne State University stories.)

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