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  • (Galveston County Sheriff’s Office) Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is the suspect in a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas , May 18, 2018.(HOUSTON) -- The 17-year-old who allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas Friday morning, killing 10 and wounding 10 others, allegedly wrote in journals that he wanted to carry out the shooting and then commit suicide, the governor said.Instead, the suspect, identified as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, gave himself up to authorities, Gov. Greg Abbott said.As authorities investigate what Abbott called "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools," Pagourtzis is now in custody, charged with capital murder.Two weapons were used in the massacre -- a shotgun and a .38 revolver -- both of which appear to be legally owned by the suspect's father, the governor said.Explosive devices were also found at the school, and devices including a Molotov cocktail were found in a car and a home, authorities said.There were no warning signs and he doesn't have a criminal history, officials said.Pagourtzis' Facebook page listed a possible interest in the United States Marines Corps, "starting in 2019." However, the Pentagon does not have a record of anyone with the last name Pagourtzis in the Marine Corps.On Facebook, Pagourtzis lists himself as an atheist under religious views and wrote "I hate politics" under political views. On April 30, he posted a photo of a T-shirt that says, “Born to Kill.”Pagourtzis may have been a member of his school's football team -- the Santa Fe Indians Freshman Football website lists a “Dimitrios Pagourtzis” with a graduation year of 2019.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Chalabala/iStock/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- Investigators in Washington state have used the same genetic genealogy methods to catch a suspect in a 1987 double murder cold case that was used to catch the "Golden State Killer."William Earl Talbott II, 55, was arrested in Seattle Thursday and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the death of 18-year-old Tanya Van Cuylenborg.Van Cuylenborg and her boyfriend, 20-year-old Jay Cook, were found dead in two separate locations in western Washington in November 1987 after they left their home in Victoria, British Columbia, for an overnight trip to Seattle, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.The purpose of the trip was to buy furnace parts for Cook's family business, and the two planned to sleep in their 1977 bronze Ford van in Seattle's SoDo district overnight, ABC Seattle affiliate KOMO reported.They were last seen alive after taking a ferry to Seattle, authorities said. Their families filed a missing persons report two days later when they did not return home, KOMO reported.Talbott, who would have been 24 at the time of the murders, was identified through the use of genetic genealogy, which uses DNA testing in combination with traditional genealogical methods to establish the relationship between an individual and their ancestors, according to the sheriff's office.A successful identification for Talbott was established with the assistance of Virginia-based DNA technology company Parabon NanoLabs, authorities said. A digital file containing DNA data derived from the crime scene was uploaded to public genealogy website GEDMatch, and "promising matches were found for two of the suspect's relatives," according to the sheriff's office.Genealogists then deduced Talbott's identity, and police acquired a DNA sample from a cup he had used, authorities said."We never gave up hope that we would find Jay and Tanya’s killer,” said Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary. "Yesterday’s arrest shows how powerful it can be to combine new DNA technology with the relentless determination of detectives."This is the first time a murder suspect has been arrested using Parabon's genetic genealogy service, which just became available less than two weeks ago, authorities said.Talbott could be arrested for Cook's murder as well, KOMO reported. Investigators are continuing to gather and process evidence related to Cook's death, authorities said.Detectives believe Talbott was living at his parent's residence near Woodinville in 1987, about seven miles from where Cook's body was found.The sheriff's office is asking anyone who knew Talbott or knew of his activities in 1987 or 1988 to notify authorities.Talbott made his first court appearance on Friday afternoon. He pleaded not guilty and is being held on $2 million bail, KOMO reported.ABC News could not immediately reach Talbott for comment.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • (Galveston County Sheriff’s Office) Dimitrios Pagourtzis, 17, is the suspect in a deadly shooting at Santa Fe High School in Texas , May 18, 2018.(HOUSTON) -- Freshman Peter Matuza was in art class Friday morning when he heard two explosions and ducked under a table.After diving for cover, Peter saw a gunman enter the classroom and shoot his friend with a shotgun, before turning and opening fire with a revolver, Peter told ABC News.Ten people were killed and 10 others were wounded after a 17-year-old student allegedly opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Texas Friday morning.Students were running and screaming and one student flipped a table over for cover, Peter said.Peter said he made eye contact with the gunman, noting, "he had a face of rage.""He could have killed me right there," he said.The gunman then “walked through a closet that went straight to the adjacent art room and began opening fire in there, as well,” Peter said.Peter and his classmates then fled to safety.Gov. Greg Abbott called the shooting "one of the most heinous attacks that we've ever seen in the history of Texas schools."“It was horrible. It was something no one should ever have to go through,” Peter said. "Life is a very fragile thing and it can be taken away very easily.”The suspect, 17-year-old Dimitrios Pagourtzis, is in custody and has been charged with capital murder, officials said. The suspect allegedly wrote in journals that he wanted to carry out the shooting and then commit suicide, but he gave himself up to authorities, according to Abbott.Explosive devices were also found at the school, and devices including a Molotov cocktail were found in a car and a home, authorities said.There were no warning signs and the suspect doesn't have a criminal history, officials said.Peter said, “I’m a Christian and I feel a compulsion to forgive him. ... Something happened to cause that boy to do that.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Jupiterimages/PHOTOS.com>>/Thinkstock(DUNWOODY, Ga.) -- Video taken from a Georgia police officer's body camera purports to show an EMT punching a 17-year-old patient in the back of an ambulance.The video begins as an officer approaches the back doors of an ambulance in Dunwoody, Georgia. As the officer approaches, commotion can be seen inside the emergency vehicle through the door windows.After the officer opens the back door, the EMT can be heard screaming expletives, and another officer is seen trying to restrain her and remove her from the ambulance through the side door, toward the front of the vehicle.The video was provided to ABC Atlanta affiliate WSB-TV through the City of Dunwoody on Wednesday.The teen was handcuffed behind his back and restrained at the ankles on a stretcher, WSB-TV reported. He was supposed to be transported to the hospital for an evaluation,At one point, the officer who restrained the EMT asks her, "What is wrong with you?" The EMT then replies that the teen spit on her."That is a kid," the officer says. "That is a child -- a 17-year-old child. What are you doing?"The officer then handcuffed the EMT and arrested her for assault and battery, according to WSB-TV. She was released from jail after posting bail.The boy's parents, who wished to remain anonymous, told WSB-TV that their child didn't deserve to be treated that way.The boy's mother said said the video got "her blood boiling.""He's a child, you know," the boy's father said. "No human being deserves that."The incident occurred on Saturday night, American Medical Response, said in a statement to WSB-TV. The EMT is no longer an employee with the company, the company said, adding that they take the "matter very seriously.""The safety of patients in our care is of the utmost importance to us and we have hundreds of employees in the area who care for hundreds of patients in DeKalb County each day," the statement read. "Our paramedics have tremendous pride in what we do, and we are honored to have the responsibility to provide care for residents."American Medical Response did not comment on the incident further, citing the ongoing investigation.ABC News reached out to the Dunwoody Police Department for comment.
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