Alleged Skagit County Mall Shooter
Found Dead In Jail Cell
April 18, 2017
Photos of shooting suspect inside the Cascade Mall with rifle in hand, released by authorities in 2016. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Collage of suspect entering the mall and inside the mall with weapon released by authoreities in 2016. CLICK TO ENLARGE
Arcan Cetin, 20, suspect in mall shooting is seen in Skagit County Courthouse in an NBC-TV news broadcast. Photo credit: NBC News.
(EVERETT, WA.) -- Five people lost their lives last year allegedly at the hands of a troubled young man from Oak Harbor who is now also deceased.
There will be no trial then, to hold the person who prosecutors say did such a terrible thing accountable and to hopefully shed some light as to why he allegedly took gun in hand the evening of September 23, 2016 and murdered those five people at the Cascade Mall in Burlington, Washington.
Burlington is located in Skagit County.
Arcan Cetin, 20, was transferred from Skagit County to the jail in Everett some five weeks ago because, according to Skagit County officials, Cetin's lawyer asked for the transfer.
That request was made because Cetin reportedly kept making "incriminating statements" about the Mall shooting to fellow inmates and there was concern that some of the statements could have resulted in those fellow inmates - who are also clients of the pubic defender's office - being called as witnesses for the state in Cetin's trial.
Cetin was charged with aggravated murder in the mall shooting but had not yet entered pleas to various charges pending completion of mental health evaluations.
Killed in the shootings were a teenager and four adults: 16-year old Sarai Lara and Shayla Martin, 52, both of Mount Vernon, Washington. Also killed was Chuck Eagan, 61, of Lake Stevens; Belinda Galde, 64, of Arlington, WA and Ms. Galde's mother, Beatrice Dotson, 95, of Kingsport, Tennessee.
After his arrest in September of last year, police said Cetin appeared "zombie like" and said nothing. The judge set his bail that month at $2 million.
According to court documents filed in the case, prosecutors claim Cetin, a 2015 Oak Harbor High School graduate admitted bringing a rifle into the Cascade Mall and shooting the five people named above.
The weapon was identified as a Ruger model 10/22, .22 caliber rifle, a very common .22 rifle that millions of Americans own and use for plinking and small game hunting.
Outside a Skagit County court room on Monday Sept. 26, 2016, Cetin's stepfather David Marshall commented to reporters that he and his wife, "Are both totally devastated by what's happened. We are torn up, we are hurt. Our son has had mental issues that we have been trying to work on with him. That's all I can say."
There was no motive mentioned by authorities for the shooting and they said at the time it did not appear Cetin had any known connections to any of the victims.
An FBI spokesman said last year there was no evidence the Cascade Mall shooting was a "terrorist attack."