Details released in deadly shooting at CMU

James Davis Jr. is in police custody and is suspected of shooting his parents.

ISABELLA COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Law enforcement released details in the deadly shooting at Central Michigan University in a press conference Saturday morning.

Just after midnight Saturday, James Davis Jr., the suspect in the shooting, was arrested in Mount Pleasant.

Chief of the CMU Police Department, Bill Yeagley, gave the details they have on the shooting during the press conference.

Yeagley said a witness saw the suspect carrying a gun in the parking lot of Campbell Hall just before the shooting Friday morning.

The suspect is believed to gone from parking lot to his fourth-floor dorm room, where he shot and killed his parents, James Davis Sr. and Diva Davis, Yeagley said.

The gun used in the shooting was found at the scene and Yeagley said it was registered to Davis Sr., a police officer in Bellwood, Illinois.

Regardless of Davis Sr., being a police officer, Yeagley said the gun wasn't allowed on campus and was in violation of the university weapons policy.

According to Yeagley, the suspect left the dorm hall on foot and ran north on the railroad tracks.

Videos from witnesses show Davis Jr. moving farther and farther north on the tracks, Yeagley said.

After the shooting police secured a perimeter and began searching for the suspect.

The university went on lockdown just minutes after the shooting happened, according to CMU President George Ross.

Police contacted Mount Pleasant Public Schools of the shooting as well, students were eventually released to parents with police officers at the schools during pickup.

A person on a train passing through the north end of campus saw Davis Jr., and the train company reported the sighting to the police, Yeagley said.

Davis Jr., was arrested on Bellows Street by the railroad track, Yeagley said.

When law enforcement found Davis Jr., he was cold and Yeagley said he wasn't making any sense.

Davis Jr. was taken to the McLaren Central Michigan.

Yeagley said Davis Jr., hasn't been interviewed, but by the way he was acting Police suspect drugs are involved.

Ross said the university will be doubling the number of counselors on campus after spring break by borrowing counselors from other universities nearby.

Any student needing counseling can reach out to the university for help.

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