UPDATE March 3, 12:10 p.m.: Click here to read a message from City Mayor Allison Lents.

UPDATE March 3, 7:47 a.m.: The suspect in yesterday’s incident on the campus of Central Michigan University was apprehended early this morning. We are incredibly grateful to the hundreds of dedicated law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly throughout the day and night to find the suspect.

The Mt. Pleasant community is safe and no threat from this incident remains. We encourage all of our residents to resume their normal activities.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department will continue to assist the Central Michigan University Police Department with the ongoing investigation.

Thank you for your cooperation and support throughout this matter!

UPDATE March 3, 12:50 a.m.: The suspect in the shooting on the campus of Central Michigan University has been taken into police custody without incident.

Thank you to the community for your help and cooperation throughout this situation.

UPDATE 6:10 p.m.: Click here for an update from Central Michigan University, confirming the identities of the victims of this morning’s shooting on the campus. The suspect is still at large.

UPDATE 12:25 p.m.: The person of interest is James Eric Davis, Jr. He is a black male, approximately 19 years of age, 5’10” and 135 lbs. He was last see wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. He may have removed the blue hoodie.

The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, do not approach the suspect. Call 911 immediately.


UPDATE: 10:43 a.m.: Click here for an update from Central Michigan University: https://www.cmich.edu/news/article/Pages/shots-fired-on-campus-march-2018.aspx 

UPDATE 10:23 a.m.: The suspect is a 19-year-old black male who is approximately 5 foot 9 inches tall. He is wearing mustard yellow jeans and a blue hoodie. He may have taken off the blue hoodie. He is considered armed and dangerous. If you see the suspect, do not approach him. Call 911 immediately.

There has been a report of a shooting on the campus of Central Michigan University. The suspect is a black male and considered armed and dangerous.

The Mt. Pleasant Police Department is assisting Central Michigan University PD with the situation. The shooter has not yet been apprehended. A CodeRed alert has been sent to the impacted neighborhoods.

Please remain aware of your surroundings and call 911 to report suspicious activity.

All City buildings are currently locked down and not accessible to the general public.

More information will be shared as it is received.

Sytsema named Mt. Pleasant police lieutenant

dsytsemThe City recently announced the promotion of Detective Don Sytsema to police lieutenant. Sytsema has dedicated 22 years to the Mt. Pleasant Police Department, serving first as an officer and later as detective.

As lieutenant, Sytsema will oversee day-to-day operations of the road patrol and detective bureau, and will be responsible for duties related to crime analysis and prevention. He will also coordinate special operations with other area law enforcement agencies, among many other tasks.

“We are very confident and pleased with Don’s decision to be a part of the police administration team,” said Police Captain Andy Latham. “Don is a creative and analytical thinker who uses his head and his heart to make decisions. This lends to an inclusive leadership style that is well received and embraced by those around him.”

Sytsema is looking forward to the new challenge. “My vision is that our department will continue to use and explore new technology to support the solving of crime,” he said. Sytsema also envisions continued police engagement with our community and businesses, as he is committed to cultivating positive relationships.

Sytsema will fill the role of lieutenant beginning April 16.

Latham named captain of Mt. Pleasant Police Department

Andy LathamAndy Latham has been named captain of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department. Latham began his career with the City as an officer more than 20 years ago, and has since served as sergeant and lieutenant.

In his new role, Latham is looking forward to the opportunity to connect with community members. “I hope to continue our tradition of excellent police work while making our department more personable and approachable,” said Latham.  He hopes this will lead to more interaction between officers and the community on a social level.

As captain, Latham says he also plans to learn new phases of police administration while working with and supporting staff in any way he can.

Latham replaces the department’s former captain, Paul Lauria, who took the helm as the City’s director of public safety/police chief in February.