- Associated Press - Friday, March 17, 2017

DETROIT (AP) - A man was charged with attempted murder Friday in the shooting of two Detroit police officers and also named as the “prime suspect” in the slaying of a college officer who was gunned down while on patrol in November.

Raymond Durham’s arrest Wednesday night apparently was the big break in the investigation of Sgt. Collin Rose’s death. Detroit Chief James Craig said DNA evidence links him to the fatal shooting of the Wayne State University officer.

“This is a first step,” said Craig, who called Durham the “prime suspect” but declined to release more details.

Separately, Durham, 60, is charged with shooting two officers who stopped him while he was on foot earlier this week. The prosecutor’s office said he pulled a gun from his waistband and fired.

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

The injuries suffered by the two officers aren’t life-threatening, although one was shot in the neck.

“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.

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

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