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Man who shot police arraigned in murder of Officer Rose

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: August 4, 2017


– By Jennifer Gomori, with excerpts from news media

Over eight months after his murder, the man accused of shooting two Detroit Police Officers, has been formally charged with the killing of Wayne State University Police Officer Collin Rose.

Raymond Durham, 60, was arraigned on charges of first-degree premeditated murder, murder of a peace officer, felon in possession of a firearm and two counts of felony firearm Aug. 3. Rose was shot in the head Nov. 22, 2016 after stopping a man on a bicycle suspected of criminal activity just blocks away from the university in Detroit’s Woodbridge neighborhood. Rose radioed in that he was about to speak to someone on a bike.

“He was called on a stop at 6:31 p.m. and when the (backup) officers arrived at 6:34 p.m., they found him,” said his former POLC co-worker Tory Tederington, now an Oakland County Sheriff’s Deputy. He died the next day.

“This will bring a sense of closure to the family, our officers and the Wayne State University community at large,” said Wayne State Police Chief Anthony Holt. “This is a solemn time, not one of celebration, as our department is still recovering, but it does provide some comfort.”

While Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy did not reveal what evidence linked Durham to Rose’s killing during a press conference Aug. 3, Detroit Police Chief James Craig said earlier there was DNA evidence involved in the determination.

Durham wasn’t the first suspect in Rose’s death. Worthy dropped murder charges against another man in December 2016. Then in March, Durham was charged with attempted murder of two Detroit Police Officers who were shot when they stopped him in connection with a drug enforcement stop. They survived, but remain off duty due to their injuries.

In May, Wayne County District Judge Kenneth King found Durham incompetent to stand trial in the attempted murder case and ordered him remanded to the Michigan Center for Forensic Psychiatry for treatment. However, Durham remained in Wayne County Jail until just a few days prior to his arraignment in Rose’s murder due to lack of space in the treatment facility, according to media reports.

Durham had a second hearing Aug. 3 to reevaluate his competency in the attempted murder case and was again deemed incompetent and ordered back to the psychiatric center. He is set to be reevaluated by the same judge in November and may proceed to trial if his mental condition improves.

Rose, 29, of St. Clair Shores, was a K9 Officer and the only Wayne State Officer killed in the line of duty. He was posthumously promoted to Sergeant. “The tragic loss of Officer Collin Rose affects every member of the Police Officers Labor Council, the community, and, most of all, his family and fellow comrades at the Wayne State University Police Department,” said POLC Director Rob Figurski after Rose’s passing. “Officer Rose will remain in our thoughts and prayers. He will never be forgotten.”

“This case continues to strongly illustrate the dangers that police officers face every minute of every day,” Worthy said.

 

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