DETROIT (WWJ) – Charges have been filed in the murder of a Wayne State University Police officer last fall.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy Thursday announced multiple felony counts against 60-year-old Raymond Durham in connection with the fatal shooting of 29-year-old Sergeant Collin Rose as he was questioning a man near the WSU campus.
Durham was arraigned Thursday afternoon on the following counts: first degree premeditated murder, murder of a peace officer, possession of a firearm by a felon, and two counts of felony firearm.
A plea of not guilty was entered on his behalf and a competency hearing was scheduled for Nov. 3.
“The announcement of these charges is particularly important as it signifies to the men and women who serve this city that they are supported and their safety is paramount,” said Craig, in a statement. “I am hopeful that the charges against Mr. Raymond Durham will send a strong message of deterrence to those who may want to bring harm to our officers.”
Rose was murdered on November 22, 2016 in the area of Brainard and Lincoln while investigating possible thefts of navigation systems from cars and SUVs. Moments after he radioed to say he was about to speak to someone on a bike, Rose was shot in the head. He later died at the hospital.
“Sgt. Rose’s career and his impact on others will never be forgotten,” Worthy said. “Our hearts go out to his family and friends. His life inspired the local and federal law enforcement community to work tirelessly to bring charges against Defendant Durham. This case continues to strongly illustrate the dangers that police officers face every minute of every day.”
Rose was a five-year veteran of the WSU Police Department, and was an experienced and dedicated K9 officer. At the time of his death he was engaged to be married.
Durham faces mandatory life in prison without parole if convicted as charged.