Police: Parents of Michigan High School Shooter Are on the Run

Posted: Dec 03, 2021 4:35 PM
Police: Parents of Michigan High School Shooter Are on the Run

Source: AP Photo/Carlos Osorio

The tragic Michigan high school shooting is not over. Ethan Crumbley, 15, shot and killed four students at Oxford High School this week. He’s facing murder and terrorism charges. He’s being charged as an adult. And his parents were just slapped with four counts of involuntary manslaughter. Jennifer and James Crumbley reportedly bought the firearm used in the shooting despite their son’s alarming behavior. They did not safeguard it. Now, the parents are on the run. They were supposed to turn themselves over to authorities at 2 PM today. That didn’t happen. Now, local police are in pursuit. The FBI and the US Marshals service have also been looped into the situation.

UPDATE: Their lawyers have said that the parents left the area for their safety and will be returning. They are not on the run (via Detroit News):

The Oakland County Fugitive Apprehension Team was searching Friday for the parents of Ethan Crumbley, the 15-year-old Oxford High sophomore charged with first-degree murder of four students and other criminal charges, after county Undersheriff Mike McCabe said the couple had stopped responding to their attorney.

"On Thursday night, we contacted the Oakland County prosecutor to discuss this matter and to advise her that James and Jennifer Crumbley would be turning themselves in to be arraigned," lawyers Shannon Smith and Mariell Lehman told The Detroit News. "Instead of communicating with us, the prosecutor held a press conference to announce charges."

"The Crumbleys left town on the night of the tragic shooting for their own safety. They are returning to the area to be arraigned. They are not fleeing from law enforcement despite recent comments in media reports."

James and Jennifer Crumbley of Oxford were named in criminal warrants Friday, with each being charged with four counts of involuntary manslaughter in the deaths of four Oxford High School students who were allegedly slain by their son. They also were named in a noon press conference held by Oakland County Prosecutor Karen McDonald to announce the charges.

UPDATE II: US Marshals have joined the manhunt. If the Crumbleys are returning, everyone and their mother in law enforcement is going to have questions and much more.

UPDATE III: Yeah, I don't think they'll be at arraignment.


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