Washington State Mall Shooting Suspect Found Dead in Jail Cell

Washington State Mall Shooting Suspect Found Dead in Jail Cell

The man accused of killing five people at Cascade Mall in Burlington past year has been found dead in his jail cell, according to a prosecutor.

Rosemary Kaholokula, chief criminal deputy prosecutor for Skagit County, says 20-year-old Arcan Cetin (AR'-jahn CHEHT-in) was found hanging in his cell Sunday evening.

It was not immediately clear how Cetin died.

Authorities have not yet determined the cause of his death. Watch with us on TV or use this link for the KIRO 7 newscast livestream.

Arcan Cetin, 20, who was awaiting trial in the case, apparently committed suicide and was discovered in his cell late Sunday.

Four were women, one was a man.

He faced the death penalty if found guilty.

Court documents say the Washington mall shooting suspect confessed to detectives.

Police said Cetin placed the rifle on top of the cosmetics counter, left Macy's through the west entrance and got into his vehicle.

Video showed his vehicle traveling north on South Burlington Boulevard near Cascade Place.

Cetin was born in Turkey, but had lived in the United States since the age of six. People are shocked and still processing the news, she said.

According to police reports, Cetin had told his ex that his father was connected to "bad people in Turkey".

Mr. Cetin is alleged to have shot 5 shoppers at a Macy's department store after first trying to enter through the backdoor of a nearby cinema.

Authorities say Cetin had admitted to the killings, but he never gave a reason.

Surveillance video shows Cetin shooting a teenage girl near some clothing racks and then shooting a man.

Following news of Cetin's death, relatives of Eagan released a statement saying they had no hatred towards the killer or his family. Cetin moved his auto closer to an entrance at Macy's, retrieved a rifle from the trunk of the vehicle, and walked back into the department store.

The inmate "did not let justice take its course", Skagit County Prosecuting Attorney Rich Weyrich told the Skagit Valley Herald.

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