DETROIT, Mich. – A Wayne State University police officer died Wednesday after being shot in the head Tuesday night during a police stop.
— Wayne State Univ (@waynestate) November 23, 2016
Collin Rose, 29, was on neighborhood patrol near the campus in an area that has recently seen a rash of auto crimes.
According to Wayne State University Police Chief Anthony Holt, that’s when Rose saw a subject on a bike approach his location and called for backup.
When the backup officer arrived on the scene, he found Rose with a gunshot wound to the head. The circumstances surrounding the shooting are unclear.
“I can’t sugarcoat this,” Wayne State University President Roy Wilson said at a press conference.
“This is a tragedy of immense proportions, something that Wayne State fortunately rarely has to experience.”
A suspect, which police also described as a person of interest, is in custody but has not been charged with the crime.
The person in custody is being held on outstanding misdemeanor warrants, one from 2011 and another from 2014, according to Holt.
Wayne State University police encountered the suspect a few years ago. In one incident, the suspect was blocking traffic in the middle of the street and refused to leave.
Officials say that’s when there was a scuffle with police, and one of the officers involved sustained minor injuries.
Rose is the fifth police officer shot in the US in less than a week.