Fellow officers of the Bellwood, Illinois police department remember James Davis, Sr. as an officer who loved being on the streets doing his job.
Monday, was a tough day for the department. Officers could be seen hugging and hanging purple bunting on the outside of the building. They were trying to come to terms with the tragic loss of Officer Davis. He was a 20 year veteran of the department and according Bellwood Mayor Andre Harvey, also a lifelong resident of the community.
"He is a product of Bellwood, homegrown," said Mayor Harvey.
Officer Davis was a veteran of the armed services. Mayor Harvey said his love of serving his country is one reason he didn't have a full time position in the department. "He loved to serve his country in the military and he didn't want to give up that military career."
Friday morning Officer Davis and his wife Diva arrived on the campus of Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant to pick up their son James Davis, Jr, for spring break. Soon after their arrival something went tragically wrong.
According to police, their son shot and killed his parents in his dorm room. Prior to the shooting police say, Davis, Jr. appeared to have been making trips back and forth to his parent's car to load his belongings.
Bill Yeagley is the campus Chief of Police. "What we know for sure is the gun was registered to his father and that we saw that he came from the parking lot into the residence hall."
After several hours on the run Davis, Jr. was arrested early Saturday morning near the train tracks on the north side of the CMU campus. He is currently hospitalized and being held on a $3 million bond. He is charged with two counts of murder in the death of his parents.