On Tuesday, 15-year-old Ethan Crumbley shot and killed four fellow students and injured six more students and one teacher at Oxford High School in Oxford, MI.
According to Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard, Ethan Crumbley used a handgun in the mass shooting that was purchased on Black Friday by his father, James Crumbley. James and Ethan Crumbley are pictured together in the Facebook photo below. The photo was shared on Facebook on March 3, 2018.
Ethan posted photos of his father’s gun on social media only four days before the shooting. In his post, Ethan insinuates that the Sig Sauer 9mm (pictured below) belongs to him. “Just got my new beauty today,” he wrote.
On Wednesday, Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald announced the charges against Ethan Crumbley, telling the media, “This was not just an impulsive act,” adding that the crime was planned “well before the incident.”
The 15-year-old will be tried as an adult and was charged with one count of terrorism causing death, four counts of first-degree murder, seven counts of assault with intent to commit murder, and 12 counts of possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
“We’ve charged four counts of first-degree murder, which requires premeditation,” McDonald said. “And I am absolutely sure after reviewing the evidence that it wasn’t even a close call. It was absolutely premeditated.”
Yesterday afternoon, the Oakland County Prosecutor announced she would be charging Ethan’s parents, James and Jennifer Crumbley, with four counts of involuntary manslaughter related to the crime allegedly committed by their son Ethan.
Shortly after McDonald’s grandstanding press conference, the Crumbley parents disappeared before they could be arrested.
Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said the Oakland County Prosecutor announced the charges to the media before they could arrest the couple. “When we were informed the prosecutor had issued charges, we sent detectives out and got a call from the lawyer of the couple saying they’re not returning their calls or texts,” Bouchard explained. “So, if they think they’re going to get away—they’re not,” he added.
The CNN host asked, “So, the Crumbley’s are missing now?” Sheriff Bouchard responded, “Correct.”
Oh nothing just the parents of the Michigan shooter are now missing. Wow. https://t.co/5rws5r2qWh
— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) December 3, 2021
Republican Oakland County sheriff officials blamed Democrat Prosecutor Karen McDonald for the parent’s disappearance.
“In my entire 44-year career, I have never, ever seen a prosecutor announce charges in a major case without the suspect being in custody first,” Oakland Undersheriff Mike McCabe told the Free Press.
“We don’t let people turn themselves in,” he said. “When a warrant is authorized by a judge, we go and get them.”
McDonald said on CNN Friday that she was in constant communication with sheriff’s officials, but as far as the couple fleeing, “it wasn’t on anyone’s radar that this was even a concern.”
“Last night, we reached out to the prosecutor’s office that we would be representing them,” said attorney Shannon Smith. ” If we knew charges were coming today, we would have had arrangements to turn them in at the court and have them arraigned.”
“We found out from the news media reports that (McDonald) had made a decision to charge them, and she was going to have a press conference to announce the charges,” McCabe said. “Unfortunately, we were not advised of that. If we would have known ahead of time, we would have done things a little bit differently.”
After a manhunt that lasted several hours, the Crumbley couple was found hiding in a Detroit basement early this morning. They gave themselves up without incident.
Fox 2 News reports- The two were taken to Oakland County Jail for processing after their arrest as fugitives by Detroit police on the city’s east side. They were found in the basement of a commercial building at 1111 Bellevue Street.
Detroit Police Chief James White said the pair appeared to look distressed as they were arrested – but were not armed and did not resist. White said the building was an art studio and that the two were allowed inside by someone.
“They didn’t break in. somebody let them in,” White said. “We don’t know the relationship yet. That’s active. That person could face charges.”