1 arrested in shooting of WMU student

Posted at 5:09 AM, Dec 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-09 23:13:51-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — One person is in custody in connection with the fatal shooting of a 19-year-old Western Michigan University student.

The Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety says the suspect was arrested at about 4 p.m. Friday.  They face charges of open murder, home invasion and armed robbery.

Police have identified the shooting victim as Jacob Ryan Jones.  The suspect will be identified pending formal arraignment.

The shooting occurred late Thursday night off campus.  Jones was found shot to death in Kalamazoo in front of the apartment complex across the street from the Western Michigan University campus.

Police were called to Howard Street north of Michigan Avenue where they found his body in an apartment.

University President John Dunn issued a statement saying the university community "is stunned by the realization that a promising life has been lost."

Police said they're seeking at least one other person in connection with the shooting.

"At this point we have more people that we are interviewing," said KDPS Capt. Victor Ledbetter.  "We are finding more people who may be involved in this."

WMU Athletic Director Kathy Beauregard says a current student-athlete has been suspended after being identified by Kalamazoo police as a person of interest in the shooting.

She didn't identify the student-athlete or the sport the student participates in.

The Associated Press contributed to this report