Captured: Police arrest Central Michigan University student accused of killing parents

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MOUNT PLEASANT (WJRT) - (3/2/2018) – The suspect in a double homicide in a Central Michigan University dorm on Friday was captured just after midnight Saturday, leading to a big sigh of relief from the community.

James Eric Davis Jr.

Central Michigan University police confirmed the arrest of 19-year-old James Eric Davis Jr. just before 1 a.m.

Someone on a train passing through the north end of Mount Pleasant noticed Davis along the railroad tracks just after midnight. Police swarmed the area and arrested him without incident.

Police say Davis shot his parents to death on the fourth floor Campbell Hall in the Towers residence hall complex around 8:30 a.m. when they came to pick him up for spring break.

Davis fled on foot north from the Towers after the shooting along a set of railroad tracks near the west side of Central Michigan’s campus.

Local, state and federal law enforcement officials searched for him primarily north of campus in the neighborhoods and wooded areas near the intersection of Maple and Cherry streets.

The manhunt lasted for nearly 14 hours and left residents on edge with police in tactical gear, K-9 search teams and uniformed officers filling neighborhoods near campus while police helicopters flew overhead.

After the arrest, Central Michigan President George Ross offered thanks to the more than 100 law enforcement officers who aided in the search throughout the day, and also to everyone on campus and around Mount Pleasant for staying vigilant all day.

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