Police update on Maryland newspaper shooting


funeral County Police Department and we have a migas with us with the city of Annapolis who was also instrumental in making sure that this case ended very quickly like it did so I can’t stress enough some of the things we’ve been seen on social meeting all the emails I’ve been getting the information about the suspect’s fingerprints being mutilated absolutely untrue we have no idea where that information came from so we’re not sure who started that absolutely untrue there was no alterations to his fingerprints whatsoever so just to try to clarify that hopefully it’ll ease up some of the emails that are coming into us another quick update along with the 5 to see said have been already been identified we want to find the two people that were injured and have been treated and released that’s Rachael pachella Rachel last name is pacella and Janet Cooley Janet Cooley and both our employees with the capital cuz that as well with that I’ll turn it over to Chief out more good afternoon ladies and gentleman I’m sorry to see you here today with me as I take my glasses off they get dark and I want you guys go to see me but I probably can’t see you too well so I’ll ask you to bear with me I want to start today by offering this sincere condolences condolences of the Anne Arundel County Police to the Capital Gazette staff much like police local news papers become a family and their family suffered unalterable tragedy yesterday most of the books that work at the Capital Gazette work with us daily weekly and we know them it’s not only a loss for them I want them to know that it’s a loss for the in Arundel County Police Department and truly it’s an honorable loss the city of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County so our hearts go out to them we’ll be thinking of them as we move forward and we wish them the best as they try to deal with your grief I also have to thank a bunch of people so I’ll ask you to bear with me on this there were 300 law enforcement officers on that scene yesterday 300H law enforcement officers from the Annapolis Police Department the in Arundel County Sophos the Maryland State Police Howard County Police Department the Maryland Transportation Authority police department of Maryland Department of Natural Resources police Annapolis fire and bomb squad Prince George’s County Department Montgomery County Maryland start to send this help BWI Baltimore Washington International Airport Fire and Rescue Services came the NSA police came the FBI was as all a very present help in times of trouble the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms gave us a large amount of help and came to help the United States Secret Service came to help and the inspectors came to help whether they were helping us direct traffic whether they were bringing water to Cops who are dehydrated or whether they helped us go in that building and save people’s lives every cop from all those agencies was apart how we save people’s lives yesterday I thank them from the bottom of my heart for the Anne Arundel County Police Department also like to thank our community one of the beautiful things about wearing a badge in a patch in Anne Arundel county is we know how our community feels about us we’ve heard you the last 24 hours as always we thank you for that support and love and we thank you for the support and love that’s going out to the Capital Gazette the business Community is absolutely at front name of that larger Community we have had so many showings of love from our business community in the area in the last 24 hours I am humbled and touched by their support I can’t confirm for you at this time that we identified The Suspect with help through other investigative techniques by using facial recognition technology from the Maryland image repository sis I’d like to thank Governor Hogan for allowing us that help I’d like to thank the Maryland combined analysis Center its commanders and I’d like to thank the state police for being so present and helping us identify the suspect gravel to use that and a couple other techniques to make sure we knew who the bad guy was I will not say his name today I refused to do it I wish you wouldn’t do it but I know better he doesn’t deserve also talked about him one more second thank you to the Maryland combine analysis Center there are no other suspects were looking for right now we have no reason to believe anybody else but the suspect was involved in this atrocity we did recover the suspects car after a pretty lengthy search nearby we have conducted a search warrant on that I can’t give you much more on that right now because we’re still putting puzzle pieces together we did also do overnight a search warrant in the 400 block of Armstrong Court Maryland State Police helped us served at warrant last night I’d like to thank them again we did find evidence at the residence I can’t go into a whole bunch details about it but I will tell you that as evidence showing the origination of planning things like that in his apartment and it shows what we knew we would find which is that we have one bad guy and that for his own reasons he chose to do what he did yesterday we’ve confirmed I think already that it was a shotgun used in the incident I would also confirm it was a pump-action shotgun it was Lee play purchased a year or so ago and I’m going to close and allow questions with this this was a targeted attack we can’t why that person chose to do this we don’t think we have any more clear and present danger to the citizens of Anne Arundel County that person I had a history with the Anne Arundel County police department in May of 13 we did have a situation where online threatening comments were made we had a detective assigned to investigate it detective spoke with legal counsel for the Capital Gazette several members of the Capital Gazette staff mr. Mark Hart who’s had some comments in the news media was scheduled to be on that conference call he did not call him on that conference call it was discussed at the Capital Gazette did not wish to pursue criminal charges there was a fear that doing show with exacerbate and already flammable situation Lieutenant Fraser will after appropriate redaction be sending you the police report on that incident will be able to do that in the next couple hours bear with us as we do that we’re trying to do it right we’re going to get one shot at doing this right and with that I’ll take a couple questions so I think that they are trying to put all those puzzle pieces together all of you are good investigative reporters you all looked it at the social media platforms there’s clearly a history there I will tell and that we were not aware of that history until last night should we have been in a in a perfect world sure we should have been we were not we get at least Threat Call a day so it’s tough to keep up with him I’ll say this again we lost a great tool with you feed a couple years ago it was the national conscience that decided that we weren’t able to use it it made our job a lot easier as it were dates the following things phrases areas on social media given the situation at the time I think the investigator made the call the investigator involved is retired I have not had a chance to talk to him yet we make calls everyday I think you made a call based on what he was presented we make that call every day every day we talked to somebody who decides they don’t want to press charges in Maryland if it’s a felony we push if it’s a misdemeanor a lot of misdemeanors go the way of not charging so I have to say ma’am I don’t feel that the department was negligent and wet I’ll beg your Indulgence to say this we are not or have not been getting cooperation from the suspect the suspect was scheduled to go to Bellevue an hour or so ago I’m not terribly sure what happened there so for now that window has closed for us and we’re going to have to try to do things differently we still have to do a frantic reconstruction on digital stuff we have not had a chance to do that we did not find a written Manifesto or any that’s the spirit of depression I think we did not find them this is how I’ll answer that question when the officers went in they were going in there to neutralize the threat I think that became very clear very quickly and I think I think fighter fighter flight kicks in certain ways I don’t know why but slight one for the suspect issue no sir he didn’t run away but he yes ma’am when two minutes they were pushing in on the suspect and starting to get him cornered and not letting her to the answer the spirit that question do I think that the Annapolis city cops the county cops and the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Department save people’s lives yesterday without question without question okay so what we found was more stuff to distract people and Confused it was to introduce casualties if that makes sense as far as devices I’m going to beg your Indulgence and not answer that I’ll say this the fellow was there to kill as many people as he could kill I cannot answer that question I of I have seen your college post things I have not gotten that beat feedback for my investigators yet I got to be honest with you there they’re hitting the point of diminishing returns on on their ability to stay awake and keep going so we will be glad to get more on that to you I can’t answer right now system that’s come under some fire for from civil Libertarians called the bear with me Maryland image repository system empaque the Maryland combined and out better than the picture that we sent them through that system and that was able to identify the subject we would have been much longer in identifying him and being able to push forward in the investigation without that system huge win for us last night and us for the citizens ran around County I believe bare with me on this cuz I’m not a pro but I believe it’s it’s driver’s license and mugshots we had lag getting answers on fingerprints is all I can tell you I think that’s probably why the unnamed senior law enforcement Source who wishes to remain anonymous anonymous said that because they read lagus as some sort of attempt on his part so we had lag and it happens I don’t know why it happened last night I don’t know why it took us a little longer through the computer system computer systems do that but we immediately we didn’t have the luxury of waiting so we immediately turn to the help that we use that man I’m not the assembling I I have no idea it’s my understanding that we had the initial incident with social media platforms and if it’s Twitter I’ll take your word for it if it’s Instagram I would accept that too we had the instances in 30 and then it went dark and then my understanding is that very shortly before the incident there were some further post I could be wrong on that and to be honest with you ladies and gentleman I haven’t dog that much into that Towing in in Maryland when you become prohibited there are certain crimes and then there were certain misdemeanors I’m not terribly sure he has I believe he has a harassment conviction yes so I know he was charged with harassment once that’s the best answer felonies are automatic there are some specific misdemeanors and I gotta be honest with you I’m not sure if stalking is one of them I know like domestic assaulted so I’m going to beg your Indulgence on being circumspect on that because I have to protect the Integrity of the prosecution here I think he planned it and ask you let me stay that close close close enough where if you were planning it you’d put your color does that make sense anything whatsoever we’re not getting very much communication so I’m going to take 2 more 2 more how he thought this was going to end I wish I could answer that question with some clarity I can not using statistics generally active Shooters are are wanting to go out in a blaze of glory I don’t I just can’t get Miss head I can’t do it I wish I could today truly one more man I would I would characterize them as minor and everybody’s doing okay if that makes sense that’s the last one the person who went to shock trauma is one of our fatalities and God bless her thank you ladies and gentlemen just last week some more information that we would really like to get out to the public so we’re asking if anybody has information again we successfully evacuated about a hundred and seventy people out of that building the most of those people in some way shape or form could be a possible witness whether they saw something hurt something but if somebody in the area has cell phone footage anything that you think could be pertinent to investigators were asking to call our homicide unit that phone numbers for 1 0 222-4731 and if anybody has any information they would like to remain anonymous we have a 24-hour tip line where they can leave a message and that number is 410-222-4700 that’s the 20 tip line so this is the final major press release press conference so we’re going to have on this incident any other updates that we get what we put out as soon as we can make that possible as we done throughout the beginning of the sentiment that will be done email through the news desk on our social media and things of that nature so as information becomes available will continue to put it out but this is the last official press conference of the stature so we thank you guys for being impatient we certainly appreciate you guys all the time so thank you very much
Five first-degree murder charges were filed today against Jarrod Ramos, the man suspected of killing five people at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., on Thursday. Watch as police provide an update on the case.

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