Law enforcement agents search the area where two police officers were shot, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 in Detroit. A 60-year-old man suspected in the shooting of the two police officers has been arrested and the officers are in stable condition, Police Chief James Craig said Thursday. (Tanya Moutzalias/MLive Detroit via AP)

   

 
 

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  Chief Craig: DNA matches Raymond Durham as suspect in murder of Sgt. Collin Rose

By Wendell Bryant/Tell Us Detroit

DETROIT - DETROIT (Tell Us Det) - A handgun recovered from a shooting that left two Detroit cops wounded Wednesday night apparently has a "DNA match" to the murder of a college police sergeant last year, according to a report. The .38-caliber revolver was retrieved after 59-year-old suspect Raymond Durham allegedly opened fire on two officers on Detroit's west side around 8:30 p.m., officials said.

One officer was shot in the neck and "the early diagnosis is he's going to be OK," Craig said. The other officer was shot in the ankle and body armor stopped two bullets to the chest, he said. Officers gathered at the Detroit hospital awaiting updates on their condition.

"Tragedy has struck again in the city of Detroit regarding Detroit's finest," Craig said. "The good news is that both are being treated."

Detroit Chief James Craig says DNA evidence links the man to Sgt. Collin Rose, who was fatally shot in November while on patrol for the Wayne State University police department.

Craig calls it a "first step." He declined to release any other details Friday.

Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Raymond Durham, (DOB: 04/22/1956) of Detroit, in connection with the shooting of two male Detroit Police officers. On March 15, 2017 at approximately 8:30 p.m. the two police officers stopped their car and lead Durham to the front of the vehicle. While he was being detained Durham is alleged to have fought with the officers and pulled a gun from his front waistband and fired at the officers causing them to return fire.

One officer who is a 20 year veteran of the Detroit Police Department suffered multiple gunshot wounds. The other officer, a 4 year member of the police department sustained a gunshot wound to his leg. Both officers were taken to a local hospital where they are being treated.

Durham was charged with two counts of Assault with Intent to Murder, two counts of Resisting and Obstructing the Police Causing Serious Impairment, one count of Felon in Possession of a Firearm and five counts of Felony Firearm.

Durham was arraigned in the hospital today by 36 District Court Magistrate Laura Echartea. He has a probable cause conference of March 24, 2017 and a preliminary examination of March 30, 2017. He will remain in police custody in the hospital and upon release he will be immediately remanded to jail. WCPO does not have a release date for the defendant.

Prosecutor Worthy said, We are able to charge this case today because of the round the clock collaboration with the Detroit Police Department, the Michigan State Police, and many others who worked tirelessly on this case. Any time a police officer is injured is a stark reminder of how much law enforcement puts on the line every minute of every day."

Meanwhile, two Detroit officers shot Wednesday night are recovering from their injuries. The injuries are not life-threatening, although one officer was shot in the neck.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
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