The Spotlight takes you into the air this week with Washington State Patrol's Aviation Unit to track down car thieves. Plus, the desperate need to replace the helicopters used by King County's Air Support Unit that date back to the Vietnam War. And we fly along with the U.S. Coast Guard in Port Angeles, Washington where they are practicing to save lives.
It's raining lead all across Western Washington. Wild shootouts in Everett and Seattle caught on tape, and reports of a gang war in Tacoma. Plus a part-time rapper makes a terrible decision that turns his life upside down. And a happy ending for a family and their feline friends.
A man was seen on surveillance video running from someone, before collapsing in the middle of an Auburn road, dying from gunshot wounds. Now, police are asking for the public’s help in solving the case.
The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in locating 29-year-old Hayden Armstrong-Nunes, who deputies say fired a handgun “in the vicinity” of his ex-girlfriend and her current boyfriend.
A community is demanding answers after the parents of a missing girl, Oakley Carlson, are locked up refusing to help bring her home. Did social workers ignore phone calls warning that Oakley Carlson was being abused? The Spotlight investigates the agency tasked with protecting children in Washington state.
A community continues demanding answers in Grays Harbor County, Washington after the parents of a missing girl are locked up refusing to help bring her home. Plus, did social workers ignore phone calls warning that Oakley Carlson was being abused? Our investigation into the agency tasked with protecting children reveals a workplace culture of fear - as the foster mother who loved Oakley like her own holds onto hope.
For the past 16 years, Seattle Police Detective Denise "Cookie" Bouldin has run a chess club for kids in the Rainier Beach area. To honor her work and keep the momentum going, the community has started work on the "Detective Cookie Chess Park," which aims to bring neighbors and kids together.
Even though DNA is being successfully used every day by law enforcement to identify criminals, detectives say great suspect photos and tips from the public are much faster. Take a look at this robbery suspect, for example, who Seattle Police say was caught on camera using a victim's stolen debit card.
DNA technology is often used successfully to identify human remains. Just this week, detectives announced they identified a John Doe found 45 years ago in Snohomish County as a transient Native American man. Detectives also identified a Jane Doe who went missing 41 years ago from her Lake Loma cabin as Alice Lou Williams. Now, one local mom is hoping to get some answers after her daughter, Jessica Seybold, disappeared in 2017.
A new rapid DNA testing system could be rolling out across Washington state in 2023. These mobile devices promise to help detectives to quickly focus in on the right suspect from the start of an investigation. From property crimes to violent assaults, the rapid DNA could also keep the wrongfully convicted out of prison.
Right now, the suspect charged with killing a teenage girl in 1993 is sitting in Western State Hospital waiting for doctors to clear him for trial. Snohomish County Sheriff's Detective Brad Walvatne says Alan Dean was identified as a suspect through genetic genealogy. He was arrested in 2020 but detectives have continued to argue that he is incompetent to stand trial. Melissa was kidnapped from her home during a struggle. Her body was found in a ravine the next day in Everett. She had been strangled. To solve a case like this, Det. Walvatne says he goes to the beginning to meticulously build a timeline.
Rapid DNA scanners the size of a printer promise to revolutionize the way police work cases. Delivering results in 90 minutes, they could lead investigators to the right suspect sooner.
Kilos of cocaine, stolen cash, big egos, and outlaw bikers. Five years after a quadruple murder shocked Kitsap County, the accused killers are in custody. The Spotlight gets the inside insight on the investigation and exclusive video of the arrest. As two members of the Bandidos Motorcycle Club await trial, charged with murder, kidnapping, and arson.
As tragic as the recent mass shootings are, history suggests they will happen again. A school district in Eastern Washington says if the unthinkable happens there, it’s ready to meet force with force. The Spotlight finds out what school is like when the staff is strapped. Plus, David gets shot with sim rounds by real cops during an active shooter drill. And we meet a hardworking man who was trying to enjoy a burger after working a double, when carjackers opened fire costing him an eye.
The U.S. Marshals led Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force and the Washington State Department of Corrections has located a wanted sex offender and fugitive, Matthew Loren Harbert, 39.