Police: DNA links suspect to slain Wayne State officer

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This undated photo provided by Wayne State University shows university police officer Collin Rose, who was shot in the head while on patrol near a university campus in Detroit on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016. (MJ Murawka/Wayne State University via AP)

DETROIT (WOOD/AP) — The DNA of a suspect accused of shooting two Detroit officers matches DNA found at the scene of the deadly shooting of a Wayne State University officer, police confirm.

During a news conference on Friday, Detroit Police Chief James Craig named Raymond Durham as the main suspect in Sgt. Collin Rose’s murder.

Craig said police received “telephonic confirmation of a positive DNA match” between Durham and the suspect in Rose’s murder. He said the DNA match is one component of the investigation and they will continue to gather evidence and conduct more interviews.

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Dash camera showing the person of interest in the shooting of two Detroit police officers, identified as Raymond Durham. (Courtesy Michigan State Police – March 15, 2017)

“We are calling him a suspect in this matter, so that is a big first step,” Craig said.

Durham was arrested Wednesday after two Detroit police officers were shot on the city’s west side, according to NBC-affiliate WDIV in Detroit.

Durham was arraigned in a hospital room where he’s recovering from multiple gunshot wounds. He asked for a court-appointed lawyer.

“Make no mistake: This suspect was violent. He was dangerous,” Craig said.

Emory Durham told The Detroit News that his brother has been living in abandoned houses and unable to work full-time but is “not the type to hurt people.”

“He would ride his bike or walk or fix bikes, doing whatever anybody else out there is doing,” Emory Durham said.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy praised the “round-the-clock collaboration” between Detroit police, state police and other law enforcement groups.

“I think they will be happy,” Craig said. “The one officer who had the more significant injuries, he said to me as I leaned over his bed, ‘I believe that the suspect who shot us is the suspect who shot Collin Rose.'”

The officers were in the same area where Wayne State University Sgt. Collin Rose was shot and killed in November 2016.

Craig had said Rose 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 near the Detroit campus. Officers who arrived on the scene found Rose with a gunshot wound to the head. He died the next day.

Rose, a five-year veteran of the university’s police force, was the first Wayne State officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Rose graduated from Gull Lake High School in 2006. The 29-year-old took his first job in law enforcement as an officer in the Kalamazoo County village of Richland.

Durham wasn’t the first suspect in Rose’s death. Worthy in December dropped a murder charge against another man.