How facial recognition helped police identify the Capital Gazette shooter

In the hours after yesterday’s deadly Capital Gazette shooting, one critical fact remained elusive: the shooter’s identity. Reports suggest that Jarrod Ramos did everything in his power to avoid being named and that it was only through the use of facial recognition technology that police finally identified him.

Ramos had no identification on him at the time of the attack, and soon after his arrest rumors began to surface that he had filed off his fingerprints to prevent identification. Police have backed away from the claim since, saying only that the initial attempt to fingerprint him had failed. In a press conference today, Anne Arundel County Police Chief Timothy Altomare said that “we had lag getting answers on fingerprints is all I…

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