Teamwork – Tactics - Technology: A winning trifecta combination in dealing with crime and violence.
Read this news piece and learn how Cross-jurisdictional Teamwork, policy-driven Tactics, and leveraging Technology combined to identify and arrest a suspect in connection with the shootings of 5 homeless men in New York City and DC.
In summary, officials in both cities announced that: "Early this AM, law enforcement arrested the suspect in Washington.
He is currently being interviewed at our Homicide Branch," Washington's Metropolitan Police Department tweeted. "Additional information will be forthcoming. Thanks to the community for all your tips."
Two men died in the attacks, which unfolded between March 3 and 12. Their identities have not been publicly released.
Ballistics evidence linked all five shootings to the same gun, said the special agent in charge of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Washington Field Division.
"The National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) was particularly crucial in this investigation, allowing us to quickly match ballistic evidence connecting all five shootings to the same firearm," Charlie Patterson said in a statement Tuesday.
ATF and DC Police had been investigating the three Washington shootings when two more happened in New York.
Federal officials knew the suspect's identity by midday Monday, a law enforcement official told CNN. And ATF tracked and searched for him in Washington, the source said.
An ATF team found the suspect traveling on foot after he had crossed the Pennsylvania Avenue Bridge and made his way to near a gas station, where he was arrested, the official said.
To all the men and women involved in this investigation, thanks for the work that you do!