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PONTIAC, MI – A convicted murderer wanted in the April 14th, 2021 fatal shooting of a Pontiac man and wounding of a Waterford Township woman was arrested Saturday night near Toledo, Ohio by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Michael Jerome Davis, 65, of Pontiac, was arrested without incident in a motel near Toledo about 7:30 p.m., Sheriff Michael Bouchard said today. The Sheriff’s Fugitive Apprehension Team investigation led to Davis’ arrests by federal marshals. It is believed Davis does not plan to fight extradition and may be returned to Michigan as soon as this week.

“We are appreciative of our partnership with the United States Marshals and are glad to have this murder suspect in custody,” Bouchard said. “Having already murdered a person before this incident, he clearly is a huge danger to the community. Our thoughts are with the victim’s families and friends.”

Davis is charged in Oakland County with open murder, attempted murder and two counts of using a firearm during a felony. He is accused in the April 14 shooting death of 62-year-old Franklin Delano Fleming Jr. Davis was identified as the gunman by the female victim, age 60, of Waterford Township.

The shooting happened about 8 p.m. in the 200 block of S. Marshall in Pontiac. Deputies were on routine patrol when the female victim ran into the street and asked them for help. She told deputies she had just been shot by Davis and asked them to get her away from the scene. They observed a gunshot wound on the woman’s hand. Deputies saw a man the woman identified as Davis enter the house’s enclosed front porch. Additional deputies arrived at the scene to surround the house.

The Sheriff’s SWAT team was summoned. After attempts to contact Davis were unsuccessful, the SWAT team entered the house and found the male victim lying face down by the front door with a gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene and later identified as Fleming. Davis was not in the house.

The female victim later told detectives she was in her bedroom paying household bills when Davis, who she identified as a friend, allegedly pointed a handgun at her and instructed her to go into the bathroom until a mutual friend arrived at the house. The victim told detectives Davis instructed her to get in the bathtub. As he came closer to her, she crouched down in the tub and covered her head with her hands. She then heard a loud blast, saw blood and then held her breath and pretended to be dead. When Davis went downstairs, she climbed out a window to the roof and began yelling for help. When he came back upstairs, she jumped off the roof and ran to the patrol car.

Deputies took the female victim to a local hospital where it was determined she had sustained an additional wound to her head. She was treated for her injuries and later release from the hospital.

Davis was convicted of aggravated murder in Ohio in 1984. He was paroled from Ohio in 2006 It was erroneously reported that Davis had a second murder conviction. He has one murder conviction in Ohio.

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