DETROIT – Detroit police Chief James Craig said a DNA match has confirmed Raymond Durham, the man suspected of shooting two police officers Wednesday on the city's west side, as a suspect in the murder of Wayne State University police Sgt. Collin Rose.
"Raymond Durham is considered the prime suspect in the murder of Wayne State police Sgt. Collin Rose," Craig said Friday at a news conference.
The Detroit Police Department confirmed Friday that DNA found at the scene of Rose's shooting matches DNA tests of Durham, who is accused of shooting of two officers near Ash and Tillman Wednesday night.
Craig said police received "telephonic confirmation of a positive DNA match" between Durham and the suspect in Rose's murder.
"We are calling him a suspect in this matter, so that is a big first step," Craig said.
He said this DNA match is one component of the investigation and that police will continue to investigate, gathering evidence and conducting interviews.
Craig also said he plans to check up on the two officers who are still recovering in the hospital. He said they were in good spirits and were even laughing with him when he visited them on Thursday.
"I think they will be happy," Craig said. "The one officer who had the more significant injuries, he said to me as I leaned over his bed, 'I believe that the suspect who shot us is the suspect who shot Collin Rose.'"
Watch part of Craig's Friday news conference here:
Sources told Local 4 Thursday night that the DNA was found on a flashlight and glove from the night Rose was shot while working a case in Woodbridge.
Rose was shot a little more than a mile away from Wednesday night's shooting scene.
Durham, 60, was taken into custody after a 2 1/2-hour manhunt.
Durham's family said he is schizophrenic and has been homeless, drifting around for the past 40 years. They said they have never seen him be violent. They did not believe he could be capable of murdering someone, let alone a police officer.
Craig said Thursday afternoon two officers who were shot the night before are in stable condition at Detroit Receiving Hospital.
The officers were rushed to the hospital Wednesday night after the west-side shooting. One officer was shot in the ankle and twice in his armored vest. The other officer was shot once in the neck.
They were taken to the hospital in critical condition, but were in stable condition by Thursday morning. They remain in stable condition.
Craig spoke outside the hospital Thursday afternoon, explaining one of them is in "more stable" condition than the other, who will have to undergo several surgeries.
The officer who was shot in the neck is a 44-year-old veteran of the force. He has several surgeries scheduled Thursday, the chief said.
The officer who was shot in the ankle is 27 years old. It is believed the body armor saved his life.
Sgt. Rose murder case
Rose was shot in the head Nov. 22, 2016 while stopping a man on a bicycle in Detroit's Woodbridge neighborhood. Rose was investigating car break-ins in the neighborhood. He died nearly 24 hours later in a hospital surrounded by family.
The 29-year-old officer was engaged to be married in October 2017.
Police thought they had his killer. DeAngelo Davis, 31, was arrested Nov. 22 and charged with shooting and killing Rose. He was charged Nov. 25 with first-degree murder, a felony firearms violation, murder of a police officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
But the charges against Davis were dropped after surveillance video revealed that Davis was in a local business at the time of the shooting, sources close to the investigation said.
"All murder charges against DeAngelo Davis will be dismissed today," Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said. "He is no longer a suspect at this time. As you can imagine, the officers from the task force, including the Michigan State Police and the Detroit Police Department, have been working diligently and literally, literally around the clock, along with members of my office on this case."
Detroit police released surveillance video of a person who they believe might have witnessed the deadly shooting. Watch here.
Police in January released images of a flashlight and a bicycle that they believe were used by the shooter. View here.