New Des Moines police tool tracks bullet to suspect

Damir Young, Polk County jail photo

DES MOINES, Iowa - New technology has already led the Des Moines Police to solve a shooting. 

Local police are now able to link bullet casings and bullets to guns.  The DMPD got the new system only a month ago, and it is already successfully solving crimes. Previously, police had to send ballistics evidence to the state crime lab, and often wait several months for results. 

On September 29, police investigated a series of convenience store holdups, and collected shell casings after the suspect shot at a witness. A teen found near one of the robberies was arrested and had two handguns, one of them stolen.  

According to a Des Moines Police Facebook post the new NIBIN technology matched the shell casings to one of the guns, and detectives were able to charge 18-year-old Damir Young of Ankeny with robbery in the first degree.

NIBIN technology demonstrated by Des Moines Police WHO-TV photo

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