Raymond Durham 'prime suspect' in murder of Wayne State Sgt. Collin Rose

Posted at 12:24 PM, Mar 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-17 18:22:15-04

During an update on officer shootings, Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed that 60-year-old Raymond Durham is now a prime suspect in the murder of Wayne State Sgt. Collin Rose.

DNA evidence linked the suspect involved in the shooting of two Detroit police officers to the murder Sgt. Rose.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged Durham in the shootings of the two officers. Both officers survived the shootings and are recovering in the hospital. 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. 

He was arraigned in on the charges while in the hospital.

The chief says this is just the beginning in an ongoing investigation. "This does not signify closure," he said.

Chief Craig would not comment on specifics as to not jeopardize the investigation. Charges re anticipated.

Police sources told 7 Action News, DNA matches three points of contact from both shootings. There was DNA on Officer Rose, gloves and a flashlight.

Those two Detroit police officers are still recovering after getting shot in the line of duty. 

Now, 7 Action News is learning more about Durham, and the people he interacted with daily.

The Hygrade Deli at 24th & Michigan is just a couple of blocks from the scene of shooting on Wednesday night. The suspect, Durham, is known to the employees there.

"Through the years, he's been a regular in the neighborhood as far back as I can remember,” said Stuart Litt, the owner of the Hygrade Deli.

Employees said he kept to himself, usually ordering a coffee and sometimes breakfast too.

"When I saw his face, my first reaction was that looks like my customer,” said Litt. "I was totally amazed and shocked.”.

The employees said they just couldn’t picture the 60-year-old involved in what he’s accused of doing.

"As we know him here you'd have no clue whatsoever that he carried a weapon or even had the ability to use a weapon, that's the shocking part of the whole thing,” said Litt.

Just down Michigan at the Marathon Gas Station, the attendant said the same thing.

"Keeps to himself, makes me laugh, all the time, literally couldn't believe when the cops showed me his picture and it was him, I was shocked,” said Ismael Farraj, the attendant at the Marathon.

Durham’s family has also spoken out about him. They’ve acknowledged he does have some mental health problems, but they don’t believe he’s guilty.