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How facial recognition software helped identify the Capital Gazette shooter

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David Gilmore
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The day after the deadly shooting left five people dead in the newsroom at Capital Gazette, a seemingly unusual fact has emerged about how police identified their suspect.

According to The New York Times, ABC News, and others, after capturing the suspect, Jarrod Ramos, authorities used facial recognition technology to identify him.

He at first evaded identification when the fingerprint scanning machine malfunctioned, causing police to speculate that he’d filed off his fingerprints prior to the attack.

With an uncooperative suspect and malfunctioning fingerprint machine, investigators were left to use other methods to ID him.

Local police sent an image of Ramos to the Maryland Combined Analysis Center, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare told reporters, which then compared the image to photos of known offenders contained in the Maryland Image Repository System (MIRS) database.

MIRS contains more than ten million photos, including those of known offenders and every driver’s license photo in Maryland.

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