Video released of suspect in slain WSU cop case

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News

Detroit authorities have released video footage showing who they believe is a suspect connected to the fatal shooting of Wayne State University police Officer Collin Rose.

The brief black-and-white clip was captured on a Detroit Department of Transportation bus shortly after the Nov. 22 incident near Brainard and Lincoln, investigators said Tuesday night.

A man appearing to wear a dark coat and cap is seen “running from the scene, just after the shooting,” according to the release.

Rose, a K-9 handler and five-year member of the university Police Department, had been shot in the head about 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 near Selden, just off the Wayne State campus, when he stopped to investigate a man riding a bike, city police have said.

The 29-year-old died the next day, the first officer in the school’s history killed on duty.

Police arrested a man soon after, but he was freed after charges were dropped.

In December, authorities released a video of a suspect riding the bike around the time Rose was shot. Detroit Police Chief James Craig has said several people, including the man once accused as the shooter, had ridden or handled it.

A task force has since been assigned to investigate the case, Anthony Holt, the WSU police chief, told The Detroit News.

Meanwhile, Crime Stoppers of Michigan recently announced it had increased the group’s cash reward for tips to $22,500. That helped bring the total to about $105,000, according to a Jan. 30 posting on the Police Officers Labor Council website.

Anyone with information about the person in the video is asked to call Detroit Police Department Homicide Unit at (313) 596-2260 or Crime Stoppers of Michigan at 1-800-SPEAK-UP.