DETROIT (CBS DETROIT) – A Wayne State police officer, shot while in the line of duty Tuesday night, has died.
Colin Rose, 29, was shot in the head during a stop while on patrol near the Detroit campus around 6:30 p.m. in the residential area of Woodbridge. The five-year veteran of the department, who worked in the canine unit, had just radioed to say he was investigating possible thefts of navigation systems from cars and SUVs, and was about to speak to someone apparently on a bike, Detroit Police Chief James Craig told WWJ.
A statement from WSU President M. Roy Wilson asked the community to keep all police officers in your thoughts …
“This is a tragedy felt by all of us — Colin and his family and friends, his fiancée, and our campus and community.
Colin is the first and only Wayne State officer ever to fall in the line of duty. Our officers mourn with us, but these dedicated, professional men and women continue to serve us courageously, every day. We can honor Colin’s memory best with our ongoing gratitude and support for all of our officers.”
Police lead a procession — escorting the body of officer Rose — Wednesday evening.
Gov. Rick Snyder issued this statement upon learning of the death of Rose:
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Officer Colin Rose and my thoughts and prayers are with his family, friends and coworkers during this tragic time. Officer Rose was well-respected by fellow law enforcement officers and the community for his work and his commitment to serving others. May he rest in peace knowing that Michiganders are collectively mourning his loss and that we will support his family, friends and colleagues to the best of our ability while they grieve.”
Detroit Police Assistant Chief Steve Dolunt said Rose was not shot with his own gun; police are still looking for the weapon used. A $5,000 reward is being offered for any information leading to the recovery of the weapon.
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