Published On: Sat, Mar 3rd, 2018

James Davis arrested in Central Michigan University shooting, killed his parents Diva Davis, James Davis Sr

The Central Michigan University student connected with Friday’s shooting deaths of the student’s parents has been arrested and identified as James Eric Davis.

An officer with Mount Pleasant Public Safety confirmed that Davis, 19, was apprehended just after midnight Saturday, taken into custody without incident.

Davis murdered his father James Eric Davis Sr., 48, and mother Diva, 47 earlier Friday. Mount Pleasant officials said Davis Jr. opened fire inside Campbell Hall at Central Michigan University around 8:30 a.m.

James Eric Davis Jr.

The Central Michigan University went into lockdown mode while a manhunt involving local and state police also included help from the FBI and ATF.

Police described the shooting as a “family-type domestic issue.”

Lt. Larry Klaus said surveillance video suggests that Davis fled on foot after the shooting.

Bellwood police Chief Jiminez Allen told Detroit’s Fox 2 that the elder Davis was a part-time police officer in Bellwood, Ill.

Klaus said Davis was taken to a local hospital Thursday night with a drug-related injury, possibly an overdose, but would not elaborate.

Central Michigan University police Chief Bill Yeagley also told reporters that the gun used in the killing was registered to Davis Sr. He would not say whether the father had brought the gun to campus when picking up his son, but noted that Davis Jr. was seen on video in the dorm’s parking lot with the gun before going into the building where his parents were shot.

Yeagley would not say what type of gun was used or whether it was Davis Sr.’s service revolver.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder said he has been in contact with local police to “determine what has occurred at Central Michigan University.”

“The priority right now is the safety of those still on campus and I thank all first responders involved for their swift action,” he continued in a tweet.

U.S. Sen. Gary Peters said he was “deeply saddened” by another “tragic incident of gun violence.”

“I am heartbroken for the victims and praying for the safety of Mount Pleasant and @CMUniversity community as first responders work to apprehend the shooter,” he tweeted.

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