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Police officer dies after being shot in US university campus attack

Published 24/11/2016

Police officer Collin Rose, who was shot in the head while on patrol near a university campus in Detroit, and later died of his injuries (Wayne State University/AP)
Police officer Collin Rose, who was shot in the head while on patrol near a university campus in Detroit, and later died of his injuries (Wayne State University/AP)
Police search the area where an officer who works for Wayne State University was shot in the head while on duty near the campus (AP)

A police officer has died a day after he was shot in the head while on patrol near a university campus in Detroit.

Wayne State University Officer Collin Rose, 29, died on Wednesday in hospital, Detroit police Sgt Michael Woody said.

M Roy Wilson, president of the university, said: "This is a tragedy felt by all of us. Collin served Wayne State with distinction, and we owe those he left behind our deepest sympathies and our strong support."

He said Mr Rose is the "only Wayne State officer ever to fall in the line of duty".

The five-year veteran of the university's police force had undergone surgery earlier on Wednesday, but his condition was described by the department's chief as "very grave".

Police said a suspect in the shooting was arrested late on Tuesday night near where Mr Rose was shot, but no charges have been filed.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig had said Mr Rose was on duty around 6.30pm local time when he radioed to say he was investigating possible thefts of navigation systems from vehicles and that he was about to speak to someone on a bike.

Officers who arrived on the scene found him injured on the ground, Mr Craig said.

Authorities say ambush-style shootings on Sunday left one police officer dead in San Antonio, Texas, and another wounded in St Louis, Missouri, underscoring fears in the law enforcement community that the uniform is increasingly becoming a target.

But Wayne State Police Chief Anthony Holt said that was not the case in Detroit on Tuesday.

"I don't believe it was an ambush," he said at a news conference on Wednesday, adding that he did not think he was "specifically targeted" because of his uniform.

A Detroit man who has had several run-ins with police is in custody. No weapon has been recovered and the investigation is continuing, Mr Holt said.

University spokesman Matt Lockwood had said on Wednesday morning that Mr Rose had undergone surgery and that his parents and fiancee were by his side.

Mr R ose was a cadet with the New Baltimore Police Department and had his first job as an officer with the village of Richland. The keen cyclist, who was interested in dog training, graduated from Ferris State University in 2010 and was president of Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.

Wayne State has more than 27,000 students and is located in the heart of Detroit. It employs around 65 officers.

Michigan's governor Rick Snyder and state Attorney General Bill Schuette offered condolences to Mr Rose's family and fellow officers.

"Officer Rose was doing his job, serving his community and protecting all of us, when he was tragically gunned down," Mr Schuette said.

"Officer Rose was too young to have his life taken, and he leaves behind a family that will never be the same."

AP

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