I've listened to this audio several times and that isn't what the chief said (if this is the clip they're quoting). There's a quick cut to a phrase "...involved in a cold blooded murder." And since it's mid sentence you can't tell what the context was, did he say "Could be", "Is", "May be" etc. I'm not taking any sides and it's tragic regardless however without a confession law enforcement CAN NOT make statements like that. You can't judge someone and then bias an entire community that may have members of it chosen for a jury in this case. I don't have any judgement because I have absolutely no facts but the media needs to be careful here.
More information about formatting options