The man accused of shooting and killing both of his parents on the campus of Central Michigan University has been arrested.
Just after 1 a.m. Saturday morning (March 3), 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. was taken into custody after he was spotted by a train operator walking along train tracks near the campus.
During a Saturday press conference, CMU Police Chief Bill Yeahley said Davis Jr. is currently in custody at a hospital due to being found in a “state of hypothermia.” Previously, officers were conducting door-to-door checks in the area surrounding the university.
According to Yeahley, Davis Jr. had approached campus police on Thursday night, panicking and claiming someone was trying to kill him with a gun. CMU police subsequently investigated and found the teenager was no threat but asked what they could do “to make him feel safe.” Davis Jr. then left, saying he was okay.
At around midnight, CMU police later spotted him on campus again and say he was “really not making a lot of sense.” That’s when police contacted the man’s parents to express their concern he was on drugs, which prompted them to pick him up at school. He was later taken to the hospital where he stayed until the next morning.
While packing up Davis Jr.’s belongings the next morning, he went out to his parents’ car parked right outside his dorm, retrieved a gun, brought it back into his dorm, and allegedly used it to shoot his parents.
The gun was recovered by law enforcement and it registered to Davis Jr.’s father, Bellwood Police Officer James Davis Sr. The shooting was reported at 10:43 a.m. Friday with Davis Sr. and his wife, Diva Davis, found dead in Campbell Hall a short time later.
Today i lost my parents..the only people that loved me unconditionally. I’m thankful for every single thing they’ve done for me...All i ask is for everyone to keep me an the rest of my family in your prays❤️. You don’t have to stress no more mom an dad i love you🕊❤️😞 pic.twitter.com/ab7oRkgvh7— lexx (@itsAmoneyy) March 2, 2018
A student who knew James Eric Davis Jr. described him as low-key and not very outgoing.
"[He] definitely didn't want to be the center of attention in a group of people, but he never had any behaviors that seemed odd or that would make me think that he would be involved in a situation like this," friend Caleb Kleinman told CM-Life.com. "Once we saw [Davis Jr.'s] name come up on the TV screen from the news channel we were watching, we were all very shocked."
See some of the local reaction to the shooting below.
The shooting at Central Michigan University today strikes close to home. A sad day in Bellwood and across the 7th District. 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. May they RIP. pic.twitter.com/B0cykAxFVv— Emanuel Chris Welch (@RepChrisWelch) March 2, 2018
A message from City Mayor Allison Lents: pic.twitter.com/lx4g4DBXZk— City of Mt. Pleasant (@MtPleasantMI) March 3, 2018
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