DETROIT — Prosecutors dropped murder charges Wednesday against a man in the killing of a Detroit college police officer who was shot in the head while on duty, but did not elaborate on why they no longer consider him a suspect.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said charges against DeAngelo Davis, 31, of Detroit, were dropped, but she did not say why and did not take any questions from reporters during a news conference. Davis was accused of shooting Wayne State University officer Collin Rose on Nov. 22. Davis had been jailed without bond since his arrest that night. He faced charges of first-degree murder and murder of a police officer.
“As you can imagine, the officers from the homicide task force, including the Michigan State Police and the Detroit Police Department, have been working diligently and literally … around the clock, along with members of my office on this case,” Worthy told reporters. “We all remain deeply committed to making sure that justice is done in this case, making sure that the perpetrator for the killing of Officer Rose is brought to justice.”
Davis became a suspect in Rose’s shooting almost immediately. In a statement after he was charged, Worthy said Davis was riding a bicycle when Rose stopped him. Rose was shot shortly after requesting help from other officers.
Davis’ attorney, Nicole James, said she would be issuing a press release later Wednesday.
Wayne State, which has more than 27,000 students, employs about 65 officers. Rose, 29, died a day after the shooting and was posthumously promoted to sergeant. He’s the only Wayne State officer killed in the line of duty.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at the time that Rose was investigating possible thefts of navigation systems from vehicles. On Wednesday, he said “the investigation did not stop” despite Davis’ arrest.