detroit police officer
scott james larkins
- The Incident
- The Aftermath
- The Investigation
- The Conclusion
DETROIT – The Officer Collin Rose Memorial Foundation dug deep into the city’s history to honor a forgotten fallen hero.
The Foundation honors the late Wayne State Police Officer Collin Rose by awarding scholarships to deserving students, providing safety gear to K-9 teams and placing memorial markers around the region for other fallen heroes.
In April 2019 the Foundation received a scholarship application from Jacob Fournier, a graduate of L'Anse Creuse High School North. Fournier is the son of a retired Clinton Township Police Officer and grandson of retired Detroit Police Officer Scott Larkins.
Fournier, 18, of Chesterfield, highlighted the career ending incident of his grandfather in his application.
Officers Scott Larkins and Rick Savin were ambushed on Nov. 5, 1978. The officers were assigned to the Harbormaster Unit at Belle Isle. They left the island for dinner at the Big Boy Restaurant at Jefferson Avenue and East Grand Boulevard.
"Going to Big Boy that night was Scott's treat,” said his widow Sharon Larkins. “With seven children at home, eating out was something he just couldn't do all that often."
As they returned to their car around 6 p.m. they were shot in the back by a mentally ill man armed with a shotgun. The man knew officers frequented the eatery and sat perched above the parking lot waiting.
The officers were rushed to the hospital where they remained for days. Both were discharged with shotgun pellets still embedded in their backs.
The gunman was arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder. He was declared insane in February 1980 and institutionalized.
Officer Larkins was unable to return to work and was medically retired by the city in June 1982.
Officer Savin went back to work and worked till retirement. He still lives with medical complications from the gunshot wounds.