Serial shooters being tracked down with bullet casing technology

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Some of the most violent and dangerous offenders in Colorado are being tracked down through the use of a new technology.

The National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) has been used in southern Colorado since 2015. It compares shell casings collected from a crime scene through 3D imaging and helps give investigators more leads.

Federal, state, and local law enforcement are using NIBIN to track down serial shooters.

“With ‘NIBIN’ one arrest has the potential to solve multiple shootings, bring justice to victims of multiple crimes, and immediately impacts the safety of the community for the better,” said Debora Livingston, Special Agent in Charge with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

From 2015 to Dec. 5, 2017, 4,500 casings were analyzed in southern Colorado, with NIBIN successfully finding 500 hits.

“You’re going to be identified whether you’re shooting in Weld County, Pueblo, Colorado Springs or Denver. You’re going to be charged and you’re going to be removed,” said U.S. Attorney Bob Troyer, District of Colorado.

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