The parents of a Michigan teenager who fatally shot four classmates in the halls 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 the police received a tip that their vehicle had been spotted. The arrest came a day after they were charged with involuntary manslaughter and had apparently fled town.
The couple were charged after officials said their son, Ethan Crumbley, 15, carried out the shootings using a handgun his parents had bought for him.
On Friday, Karen D. McDonald, the Oakland County prosecutor, said the Crumbleys were culpable in the year’s deadliest school shooting because they had allowed their son access to a handgun while ignoring glaring warnings that he was on the brink of violence.
Law enforcement officials said that the parents had gone missing on Friday afternoon and that the county’s fugitive-apprehension team, F.B.I. agents and United States Marshals were looking for them.
“They cannot run from their part in this tragedy,” Sheriff Michael Bouchard of Oakland County said in a statement.
The couple were caught after someone saw their vehicle and called the police, officials said.
“Yes, they are both in custody and will be on the way to the Oakland County Jail soon,” the Oakland County undersheriff, Mike McCabe, told The Detroit Free Press. “Kudos to Detroit P.D. and all the other agencies that assisted.”
They were found in a building in the industrial area near where their car was found, and they were arrested about 1:45 a.m., the police said.
“The owner of the building arrived and saw the car in the back parking lot, knew it didn’t belong there, went to investigate,” Mr. McCabe told The Free Press.
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