Central Michigan University campus police officers said Saturday that they had multiple encounters with the student accused of shooting and killing his parents in a campus dormitory.
Police arrested James Davis, Jr., shortly after midnight Saturday along railroad tracks near the campus, ending a daylong manhunt for the 19-year-old suspect.
CMU Police Chief William Yeagley said officers received a tip that a suspicious man was walking along the railroad tracks near the university, and minutes later Davis was arrested.
Yeagley also revealed that campus police officers had encountered Davis multiple times in the 24-hours leading up to Friday's shooting.
On Thursday morning, Yeagley said Davis "ran into the office of our community policing officer very frightened."
"He said someone was out to hurt him, someone was out to harm him," Yeagley said, adding that when officers pressed Davis for more details, he was "extremely vague."
Campus police launched an investigation into the Davis' complaint and even interviewed a man Davis said was armed and wanted to hurt him, but ultimately police decided the man "did not pose any risk to Davis or anyone else."
The shooting at Central Michigan University today strikes close to home. A sad day in Bellwood and across the 7th District. My sincerest condolences go out to the family of Bellwood Police Officer James Davis Sr. and his wife who were shot and killed this morning. May they RIP. pic.twitter.com/B0cykAxFVv
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Hours later, police again encountered Davis in the hallway of a dormitory with his bags packed, as though he was moving out. 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.
"The officer said we had some suspicion it might be drugs, does he have a drug history?" Yeagley said. "The mother said she too is concerned this could be drugs."
Officers took Davis to the hospital, where he was treated and later released into the custody of his parents on Friday.
Hours later, Davis' parents James Eric Davis, 48, and Diva Jeneen Davis, 47 were shot and killed.
Yeagley said Davis was captured on video Friday entering the dorm hall with a weapon that police believe to have been registered to his father, who was a police officer. The university said that police determined Davis went to the family vehicle, got the gun and returned to the residence hall with the handgun.