Prosecutor drops charges in death of Detroit college police officer

FILE - This booking photo provided by the Detroit Police shows DeAngelo Davis. Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, that murder charges against Davis, 31, were dropped. Davis was accused of shooting Wayne State University Officer Collin Rose on Nov. 22. (Detroit Police via AP, File)

DETROIT (AP) — 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.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy said charges against DeAngelo Davis, 31, of Detroit, were dropped. 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.

Davis became a suspect in the 29-year-old 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.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig said at the time that Rose was investigating possible thefts of navigation systems from vehicles.

A defense attorney says authorities “dropped the ball” while investigating the fatal shooting of a Detroit college police officer, which led to charges being filed and dropped against her client.

Nicole James says in a statement that police and prosecutors rushed to judgment when they arrested and charged DeAngelo Davis with murder in the Nov. 22 death of Wayne State University officer Collin Rose. Prosecutors dropped those charges on Wednesday.

James says Rose’s death was “a tragic loss,” but she added it’s “also wrong” that police arrested Davis without evidence.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy didn’t say why authorities no longer consider Davis a suspect. She didn’t take questions from reporters during a news conference.

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 is the only Wayne State officer killed in the line of duty.

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