Man shoots himself in head after police chase near Ferndale

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDMay 2, 2014 

FERNDALE - A man who apparently bound and attacked a woman in her Ferndale home led police on a chase before fatally shooting himself in the head Friday, May 2.

The man had fled a Patriot Place home about 10 a.m., moments before a woman emerged bleeding from her neck and gasping for breath. Her hands were bound behind her back with plastic ties, according to neighbors.

One neighbor in the area north of Smith Road and east of Interstate 5 called 911 to report the injured woman and that the man had fled in her black Chevy Tahoe. Another neighbor who had been gardening grabbed a towel to treat her and cut her hands loose from the ties. He didn't recognize the fleeing man.

Police spotted the Tahoe a short time later; it sped up when they tried to pull it over.

During a brief chase along LaBounty and then west on Smith Road, the Tahoe was reportedly traveling faster than 55 mph. The pursuing officers requested permission from a supervisor to intentionally bump the back of the fleeing Tahoe to spin it in an attempt to stop it.

They received permission and struck the Tahoe, which spun, ending the chase at Smith Road near Northwest Drive.

Before police could pull the driver from the Tahoe, he apparently shot himself in the head. Officers began CPR as medic units responded.

The man was transported to St. Joseph hospital and died from his self-inflicted injury, according to police.

The stabbing victim was taken to St. Joseph. Police said she was in stable condition Friday afternoon. Her name was not released.

The attacker had not been identified as of late Friday, but detectives at the hospital were planning to take fingerprints to check them against police records and to search his belongings for an ID, police said at a press conference. The man was tall with light skin, dark hair and a long, dark beard.

Officials did not know if the man had any connection to the victim.

Police blocked roads near Northwest and Smith for hours for their investigation. A section of Patriot Place also was cordoned off as crime scene technicians went over the area. A bloody towel and pieces of the plastic cuffs remained on the neighbor's lawn while police conducted their investigation.

ASSAULT, POLICE CHASE ENDS IN DEATH


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