CMU suspected shooter in custody

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MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (WILX) - The suspect in the shooting incident that happened on CMU’s campus is now in custody.

Someone on a train passing through the north end of campus saw and reported the suspect shortly after midnight. He was arrested without incident.

Reports came in around 8:30am Friday morning, and CMU police sent out an alert to students and faculty about the shots fired on campus.

The victims of the shooting are James Davis Sr., 48, and Diva Davis, 47. James Davis Sr. was a part-time police officer with the Bellwood, Ill., Police Department on the northwest side of Chicago. Davis Jr. has a sister in high school, and an older brother.

It’s believed that the shooting “started from a domestic situation.” The shots were fired on the fourth floor of Campbell Hall, which is a dormitory and is part of the Towers Complex off Broomfield Road.

Police say they had contact with Davis Jr. Thursday night related to a possible drug incident, or overdose. He was taken to a hospital and was turned over to the medical staff there. He was later released from the hospital and brought back to campus.

Classes were canceled for the rest of the day on Friday. Western Michigan University was supposed to play CMU Friday in basketball but the game was postponed.

All city buildings were placed on lockdown, and were not accessible to the public. This includes McLaren Hospital, and Sacred Heart Academy, along with other schools in the area. 23,000 students attend Central Michigan University.

News 10 spoke with Alyssa Jawor, a junior at CMU, over the phone. She said she was awakened by the alert sent to student’s phones. “It was really scary. I just kept thinking things like that don’t happen here.” She was locked down in her apartment, which is near Campbell dorms. She said when she looked out her window she could see police officers searching the area. She said she also heard several helicopters in the air. “I began checking social media, texting people I know, people were texting me.

Spring break for CMU students officially begins Monday.

News 10 camera crews also witnessed SWAT teams checking local houses, yards, and off-campus apartments looking for Davis Jr.


James Davis Sr., 48, and Diva Davis, 47.