Police apprehend suspect in Central Michigan shooting

06 March, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Central Michigan University shooting

A 19-year-old student suspected of killing his parents at a Central Michigan University dormitory before running from campus was apprehended early Saturday following an intensive daylong search that included more than 100 police officers, some heavily armed in camouflage uniforms, authorities said.

As Lionberger spoke, helicopters flew overhead as part of the search for the suspect, 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr.

Michigan police officials survey nearby neighborhoods as police continue to search for a suspect near Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, March 2, 2018.

An Illinois legislator whose district includes Bellwood, Rep. Emanuel "Chris" Welch, D-Hillside, said in a Tweet Friday afternoon: "My sincerest condolences go out to the family of Bellwood Police Officer James Davis Sr. and his wife who were shot and killed this morning".

The parents were reportedly picking up their son from college for spring break when the shooting happened inside a residence hall on campus.

Police say the gun used in the shooting belonged to Davis Jr.'s father, a part-time police officer in suburban Chicago. Officials in Mt. Pleasant city tweeted that the suspect is a black male, armed and unsafe.

Police revealed he'd been thinking about shooting up his school for months but had been moved to take action by the on February 14 shooting at Florida's Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School that killed 17, mostly students.

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There were no other injuries in the shooting, according to the school's website.

Another wrote: "I'm on CMU's campus at work right now and just got a call that there was shots fired in the towers and they haven't said anything about having the suspect in custody or anyone being hurt just that there was gunfire and I'm pretty terrified!" "That's traumatic. To the students, to the parents, to the staff, to the faculty". The parents' bodies were found inside Campbell Hall, but they could not confirm whether Davis was a resident there. Parents who were trying to pick up students were told instead to go to a local hotel where staff would assist them while the manhunt was ongoing. The school says police believe the shooting "started from a domestic situation".

One student says she locked herself in her off-campus house that's about a 10-minute walk from the residence hall. Law enforcement officers arrived at the scene and the suspect was taken into custody without any incident.

Officers from a number of police departments are still hard at work while the college was on the eve of spring break starting and tragedy for an IL family.

The Bellwood Police Department is in "close communication" with authorities in MI to aid in the investigation and search for the couple's son, a police spokesman said. Visitors also weren't being allowed to enter.

The campus was on lockdown Friday morning and students posted on social media images of their barricaded dorm room doors and video of the school's alert message.


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