Michigan school shooting suspect's parents arrested: police

Detroit Chief of Police James White briefs members of the press outside the building where James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of suspected Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, were arrested on December 4, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. James and Jennifer Crumbley were wanted by law enforcement after failing to appear for their arraignment following charges relating to the shooting committed by their son in Oxford, Michigan on Tuesday. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images)
Detroit Chief of Police James White briefs members of the press outside the building where James and Jennifer Crumbley, the parents of suspected Oxford High School shooter Ethan Crumbley, were arrested on December 4, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. James and Jennifer Crumbley were wanted by law enforcement after failing to appear for their arraignment following charges relating to the shooting committed by their son in Oxford, Michigan on Tuesday. (Photo by Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images) Photo credit Getty Images
By , WWJ Newsradio 950

Police have arrested the parents of Ethan Crumbley a 15-year-old Oxford Village, Mich., resident who is accused of shooting four of his Oxford High School classmates dead on Nov. 30.

They were charged by the Oakland County Prosecutor Friday with four counts each of involuntarily manslaughter in connection with the shooting. However, Oakland County Sherriff’s deputies could not immediately find them.

Detroit police Chief James White said during a press conference that Crumbley’s parents – James and Jennifer Crumbley – were found in a commercial building near Belle Isle after police received a community tip at around 10 p.m. Friday.

“I’m surprised that they’re here,” he said.

According to White, a witness noticed a car and had video of one of the Crumbleys entering the building, where they were found and taken into custody by police early Saturday morning.

The couple did not force entry. White said the person who helped them into the building is not in custody and that the investigation is ongoing.

“That part of the investigation is very active,” White said. Wayne and Oakland County prosecutors are working on the case, he added.

“They certainly appeared to be distressed,” White said.

At an arraignment Saturday morning in 52-1 District Court, Judge Julie A. Nicholson ordered James and Jennifer Crumbley each held on $500,000 bond.

Nicholson said they are a flight risk, while the couple's attorney claims the Crumbleys simply did not know arraignment time.

The couple's son allegedly shot 10 students and a teacher at his high school with a 9mm semiautomatic pistol purchased by his father on Black Friday. In addition to the four who were fatally injured, some of the people shot were treated and released while others remain hospitalized.

White said the shooting was “certainly, a parent’s worst nightmare.”

In a Facebook post, Jennifer Crumbley stated the pistol was her son’s “Christmas present.”

A teacher saw the teen searching ammunition on his phone during class around 10 days before the shooting and reported the incident to school officials. When they contacted Crumbley’s mother by voicemail and email, she didn’t respond. However, she sent a text to her son stating: “LOL. I'm not mad at you. You have to learn not to get caught.”

On the day of the shooting Crumbley’s parents allegedly did not check his backpack for the gun. At 1:22 p.m., after news of the incident broke, his mother texted “Ethan, don’t do it.” Around 15 minutes later, his father called police to tell them the gun was missing and that his son could be the shooter.

“We’re going to use as much personnel as necessary,” to complete the investigation, said White.

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