Saginaw Chippewa Tribal Police Assisting in Nearby Central Michigan University Killings

Campbell Hall dormitory on campus of Central Michigan University.


Updated March 3, 2018

MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN – The suspect,  James Eric Davis, 19, was arrested around 12:41 a.m. according to law enforcement. Students were made aware by the CMU Alert System.

Published March 2, 2018

MOUNT PLEASANT, MICHIGAN – The Saginaw Chippewa Police Department is assisting other law enforcement in the shooting that left two people dead on the campus of Central Michigan University (CMU) in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, near the Isabella Indian Reservation, home of the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan.

On Friday morning, about 8:40 a.m., a CMU student killed his parents, who had come to pick him up for spring break. The student killed his father, an off-duty police officer from Bellwood, Illinois, a Chicago suburb and his mother inside a dorm room inside Campbell Hall dormitory on the campus of CMU. Within an hour, the CMU campus was under lockdown.

At this hour the suspect, James Eric Davis, 19, is still at-large. He is considered armed and dangerous.

Earlier Friday, a tracking dog from the Saginaw Chippewa Police Department assisted in searching the area for Davis.

Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe’s spokeperson Erik Rodriquez released the following statement to Native News Online late Friday afternoon:

The Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe is aware and monitoring the ongoing situation at Central Michigan University that occurred this morning, 3/2/18. We are working with our leadership and the Tribal Police department to take necessary precautions to ensure everyone’s safety. At this time there is no indication of a threat to the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe or its properties. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated. The Tribal Police department is actively assisting with the ongoing investigation that is comprised of numerous local, state and federal agencies. We remain committed to ensuring everyone’s safety.

Mt. Pleasant is located about 85 northeast of Grand Rapids and some 150 northwest of Detroit.

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