Wayne State police officer dies after being shot in head

Collin Rose shot while trying to stop bicyclist

DETROIT – A Wayne State University police officer has died after he was shot in the head Tuesday night in Detroit, the Wayne State University police Chief Tony Holt confirmed.

Holt said officer Collin Rose, of St. Clair Shores, passed away at 5:35 p.m. Wednesday.

Police said Rose was stopping someone on a bicycle when he was shot once in his head. Rose was investigating car break-ins in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood. 

The New Baltimore Police Department, where Rose worked as a cadet in 2010, released the following statement:

"The New Baltimore Police Department was saddened to hear of Officer Collin Rose's passing this evening. Officer Rose served the New Baltimore Police Department as a Cadet in 2010, and his loss is being felt here deeply. Officer Rose had an impeccable work ethic and loved what he did for the community. Our heartfely condolences are offered to Officer Rose's family, fiance, friends and fellow officers. This tragic event reminds all of us how precious life is and Officer Rose should be honored.

"Officer Rose is a true hero, and we hope the fact that he in honored by so many brings some comfort in this time of loss. We will not forget Officer Rose and he will forever be in society's debt for what he has done for the community and this profession."

A person of interest in the shooting, who is now being called a suspect, was arrested Tuesday night. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office has received a warrant request.

Meanwhile, Rose underwent surgery at Detroit Receiving Hospital. He was on life support at the hospital, surrounded by family, until his death. 

Rose is 29 years old and engaged to be married next October. He is a graduate of Ferris State University.

Wayne State University offered this message to students Wednesday morning: 

"(Rose) is a member of our canine unit, and has been a member of Wayne State’s police force for five years. But he is more than that. Collin is 29 years old and engaged to be married. He has a fiancé, family and friends, and fellow officers who work with him every day. He is part of our Wayne State community, and we will be here to support him and his family during this difficult time. Please keep Collin in your thoughts and prayers."

Wayne State said none of the school's officers had ever died in the line of duty and it had been 36 years since an officer was wounded by gunfire. 

A GoFundMe account has been set up by the officer's family.


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