Authorities: Suspect in Deadly Washington State Mall Shooting in Custody

BURLINGTON, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say the suspect in the deadly Washington mall shooting had a previous arrest for simple assault and had immigrated from Turkey.

At a news conference Saturday night, Lt. Chris Cammock of the Mount Vernon Police Department said 20-year-old Arcan Cetin was a “legal, permanent resident of the United States.”

Cetin was apprehended in Oak Harbor, Washington, about 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

Island County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Hawley said at the news conference that Cetin had been arrested for simple assault last year. No other details were provided.

Initially the suspect was described as Hispanic, but Hawley said that was based on initial witness statements to the Friday night shooting at a mall in Burlington, Washington. Five people were slain.

Cetin is expected to appear in court on Monday.

Authorities say the suspect in the deadly Washington state mall shooting said nothing when he was apprehended and was “zombie-like.”

Island County Sheriff’s Lt. Mike Hawley said he spotted Cetin Saturday evening in Oak Harbor, Washington, from a patrol car and immediately recognized him as the suspect.

Hawley said at a news conference that his office had received information that Cetin, who is from Oak Harbor, was in the area. Hawley said Cetin was unarmed: “He said nothing. He was kind of zombie-like.”