Michigan Student Guns Down Parents; Investigation On-Going

Michigan Student Guns Down Parents; Investigation On-Going

Kerry Wise
March 5, 2018

Campus police spoke with Davis Jr. on Thursday night, Klaus said during a news conference.

The university identified the two dead as Davis' mother, Diva Davis, and father, James Davis Sr., a part-time police officer in the Chicago suburb of Bellwood.

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Authorities said there are videos and photos of Davis Jr. carrying his father's gun from the parking lot into the residence hall.

University spokeswoman Heather Smith says 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. also faces a felony weapons charge.

Davis Jr. was initially taken to a hospital after his arrest early Saturday but will be moved to a jail once he's discharged. Yeagley said Davis "was really not making any sense" and his erratic behavior made officers suspect that drugs were involved, so they called his parents. 48, and Diva Davis, 48, were found shot to death in their son's Campbell Hall room just before 9 a.m. Friday. Since he was an officer in IL, he would have needed special permission to have the gun on campus, authorities said.

It was while his parents were in his fourth-floor dorm room that Davis Jr shot both his parents dead. The college is located in Mount Pleasant, about 125 miles northwest of Detroit.

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Ross commended the law enforcement officers from various agencies, lauded the campus community for locking down within minutes and sheltering in place, and also extended his condolences to the Davis family.

The shooting occurred on a day when parents were arriving to pick up students at the university for the beginning of a weeklong spring break. Hours after a campus lockdown, police started a "slow, methodical removal" of staff and students who were ordered to take shelter in campus buildings, Lt. Larry Klaus said, adding that he "should be considered armed and risky".

Police arrested Davis Jr., Yeagley said, after receiving a tip from a nearby train company that operators noticed a person standing near the tracks just after midnight.

"He said someone was out to hurt him, someone was going to harm him, and the officer calmed him down and tried to gain more information about what was going on".

The officer was eventually able to get a name from Davis Jr.

Police were scouring the campus and surrounding areas, with helicopters overhead and officers searching on foot.

"He was always there when you asked for him to be there", Bellwood police Chief Jiminez Allen said. They asked him if he was OK then had him call his parents because he wasn't acting logically, police said. Authorities said this could be due to a possible drug-related incident, but did not release any further details. Authorities said that the person did not have any weapons registered to them and they didn't believe there was a threat to Davis Jr.