Suspect in Seattle double homicide arrested


by KING 5 News

Posted on June 1, 2014 at 1:11 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 1 at 6:35 PM

Seattle Police have arrested a suspect in the fatal shootings of two men who were found dead early Sunday.

Homicide detectives were searching for Matalepuna Malu, 26.

The two men in their early 20s were found dead in the Central District at the intersection of 29th Avenue South and South King Street.

Neighbors called 911 after hearing several shots fired. 

Aaron Roberts heard the shots.

“I heard one pop and then I heard what sounded like five or six more,” he said. “I heard pop pop pop pop.”

When Seattle Police Department arrived at about 2:30 a.m. they found the men on the ground outside.

Just a block away from the scene, a pinwheel marks the spot where another young person died in an April shooting

All of it solidifies neighbors' fears and their frustration with police response.

“In the past, they came through... but they’re not talking to anyone, they’re not asking what’s going on. It seems like they don’t care.”

But in a rare sight, Interim Police Chief Harry Bailey was out going door-to-door Sunday afternoon, trying to ease fears.

“We’re seeing violence here recently at a magnitude I’m certainly not happy with so I need to be out here, to see what’s needed,” he said. “I’m concerned about it and if I am, everyone in my organization is going to be concerned about it.”

“I’m here to ask everybody to give me assistance in changing the culture of what we’re seeing right now."

Chief Bailey was joined by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who said steps would be taken to try to make the neighborhood safer.

"The issue of crime, the issue of violence, the issue of public safety is not simply a police problem," he said. "It's partly solved by policing but it's also solved by the fact that this is a very dark part of the city. I talked to the superintendent of City Light today about us looking aggressively about how we physically change the environment."

Murray said it's a "whole series of things" that need to be done to make the area safer.

Aaron Roberts said he was encouraged.

"I feel a difference already," he said.