The parents of a Michigan teen who shot and killed four classmates in the hallways of Oxford High School in suburban Detroit were arrested early Saturday after being the subject of an intense manhunt.
James and Jennifer Crumbley were arrested in the basement of a Detroit building after police received a tip that their vehicle had been spotted. The arrest came a day after they were charged with involuntary manslaughter and apparently fled the city.
The couple were charged after officials said their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, carried out the shooting with a gun his parents had bought for him.
Oakland County prosecutor Karen D. McDonald said Friday the Crumbleys were guilty of the deadliest school shooting of the year for giving their son access to a gun while ignoring blatant warnings that he was on the brink of death. violence stood.
Law enforcement officials said the parents were missing Friday afternoon and the fugitive arrest team, FBI agents and US marshals were looking for them.
“They cannot run from their part in this tragedy,” Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in a statement.
The couple were caught after someone saw their vehicle and called police, officials said.
“Yes, they are both in custody and will be on their way to the Oakland County Jail shortly,” Oakland County Deputy Sheriff Mike McCabe told The Detroit Free Press. “Curses to Detroit PD and all the other agencies that helped.”
They were found in a building in the industrial estate near where their car was found, and were arrested around 1:45 am, police said.
“The owner of the building arrived and saw the car in the parking lot at the back, knew it didn’t belong there, went to investigate,” said Mr. McCabe to The Free Press.