Accused mall shooters jail suicide detailed in reports
EVERETT — The reasons suspected mass shooter Arcan Cetin decided to end his own life April 16 at the Snohomish County Jail may never be known. But the means he used — finding a way to exploit a weakness jail officials believed had been addressed — is now part of the public record.The man accused of shooting and killing five people at Cascade Mall in Burlington last year hanged himself by fashioning a noose from a strip of blanket. It was tied to a bunk in his cell, according to police reports obtained by The Daily Herald under public records laws.Detainees at the jail in Everett are not issued sheets, which can be easy to tear and weave into rope.Instead, as part of reforms to make the jail safer, they are provided two blankets marketed as tear-resistant.“We don’t have a sheet in this place anymore. None,” County Corrections Bureau Chief Tony Aston said in an interview earlier this year.Cetin, 20, somehow pulled a 4-inch-wide strip from one of the blankets he was issued, the records show. He used it to hang himself while alone in his cell in a maximum-security area of the jail.The accused mass shooter managed that even as corrections staff were monitoring his status roughly every 30 minutes. His cell also had been searched just hours earlier, an investigation by major crimes detectives with the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office found.