Bill Sorukas spent 28 years with the United States Marshals Service, managing program areas among various branches. For his work with the Beltway Snipers investigation, Bill was given the National Association of Police Organizations’ “Top Cop” award. Sorukas now works with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children as a Project Alert Consultant. In his book, Chasing Evil: Pursuing Dangerous Criminals with the U.S. Marshals, Sorukas details various high-profile cases on which he worked.
In October 2002, a series of sniper attacks terrorized residents of Washington D.C., and the surrounding area. For three weeks, civilians were shot at random, sporadically injured, and killed while completing mundane activities in their day-to-day routine. As the shootings continued to unfold, people within the D.C. communities were paralyzed with fear, too afraid to step outside and live their lives. With virtually no actionable leads, law enforcement was tasked with the difficult mission of hunting down the Beltway Snipers. Retired U.S. Marshal Bill Sorukas was the Chief Inspector within the Investigative Operations Division at the time of the attacks. He shares how he became involved in the Beltway Sniper case, the sensitivity of the investigation, and how he was able to track down the shooters.