King County Sheriff’s Office search for double murder suspect

Buchanan is known to frequent Burien, Renton and Seattle. Officials believe he is still in the area.

  • Thursday, January 25, 2018 11:29am
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From a King County Sheriff’s Office press release:

Merle Charles “Chucky” Buchanan, 26, 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 16 Avenue Southwest, Seattle 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 feet 9 inches and 195 pounds. 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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