Police seeking public’s help locating double murder suspect


King County Sheriff’s Detectives are asking for the public’s help locating a man who is wanted for shooting and killing two men in White Center earlier this month.

Police say that Merle Charles Buchanan, aka Chucky, 26 (pictured above) is wanted for two Counts of first-degree Murder for shooting and killing 51-year old Jose Angel Garcia and 45-year old Paul Victor Tapia outside of the Club Taradise in the 9800 block of 16th Ave SW on Jan 6.

Around 1 a.m. on Jan. 6, deputies responded to the area after receiving multiple reports of a shooting outside of the club. When deputies arrived they located the two victims in the parking lot. Garcia died at the scene and Tapia was transported to Harborview Medical Center where he later died.

During the investigation, detectives identified the suspect in the shootings as Buchanan. Buchanan is known to frequent Burien, Renton and Seattle, and detectives believe he is still in the area.

Buchanan is 5’9” and 195 lbs.

In addition to the Murder warrants, he also has a Felony Domestic Violence No Contact Order Warrant.

He should be considered armed and dangerous.

If you see Buchanan or know of his location please do not approach him.

You can call 911 or you can remain anonymous and be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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