Wayne State University officer shot in head while on patrol dies

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DETROIT -- A Wayne State University police officer has died from a gunshot wound he suffered Tuesday night in Detroit, the university's president announced Wednesday. Officer Collin Rose had been on life support after he was shot in the head during a police stop.

A suspect, whom police also described as a person of interest, is in custody but has not been charged, according to university police Chief Anthony Holt.

Rose, 29, is the fifth police officer shot in the US in less than a week.

The officer was on a neighborhood patrol near the Wayne State University campus, which has recently seen a rash of auto crimes. He saw a subject on a bike approach the area, and he called for backup, Holt said.

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 news conference.

"This is a tragedy of immense proportions, something that Wayne State fortunately rarely has to experience."

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. There was a scuffle with police, and one of the officers involved sustained minor injuries, according to Holt.

Working on master's degree, upcoming wedding

Rose is a five-year veteran of the police force and works as a canine officer.

"Not only is he a canine handler, he's very, very involved in the community. He goes to schools. He gives out demos," Holt said. "He's just an outstanding, proactive officer."

A couple of months ago, Rose organized a memorial for slain Detroit police officer Patrick Hill. Rose named one of his dogs, Wolverine, after Officer Hill, according to Holt. Rose is one credit away from finishing his master's degree in police administration from Wayne State University. He's engaged to be married in October 2017.

The gun used to shoot Rose hasn't been found. The Detroit office for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is offering a $5,000 reward to anyone with information regarding the weapon.

This shooting follows a violent few days for police officers across the country. On Sunday night alone, four officers were shot while on duty, one fatally.

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