Update: Suspect in CMU shooting taken into custody

Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 11:05am

Police took James Eric Davis Jr., the suspect in a shooting at Central Michigan University Friday morning, into custody just after midnight early Saturday morning, reports say. 

Davis Jr. is said to have shot his parents, Diva Davis, 47, and James Eric Davis Sr., 48, inside his dorm room in Campbell Hall at Central early Friday morning as they came to pick up their son for Spring Break. The campus and surrounding area were placed on lockdown for most of the day following the incident, and a day-long manhunt ensued to locate the suspect.

CMU officials released the following statement: "The suspect in the shooting incident that happened on CMU’s campus is now in custody. The suspect was seen and reported by an individual on a train passing through the north end of campus shortly after midnight. Law enforcement personnel responded and arrested the suspect without incident. CMU President George E. Ross thanks the campus and surrounding community and many law enforcement personnel who came together to keep each other safe and apprehend the suspect."

Local 4 has reported CMU student Trevon Williams, Davis Jr.'s roommate, was in the dorm room when the shooting took place.

Police originally said Davis was sent to McLean Hospital Thursday evening for a possible drug-related related incident; however, CMU Police Lt. Larry Kraus later confirmed that after officers responded to complaints of a “difficult student” in the residence hall Thursday, Davis was taken to a University of Michigan Health Systems facility, according to The Detroit News.