‘Hip-hop artist’ sold a speaker to a man. Now he’s in the hospital with a stab wound


An Alderwood neighborhood man was fighting for his life Monday after being stabbed Saturday night in a dispute over the sale of electronics, Whatcom County Sheriff’s officials said.

Cody James Shadle, 26, suffered a severe knife wound to the leg and was in the intensive care unit at St. Joseph hospital Monday after surgery, said Sheriff Bill Elfo. A hospital official said Shadle was in critical condition.

In a Facebook post, Shadle’s mother urged prayers for her son.

Sheriff’s deputies booked Brant Joseph Kirkwood of Bellingham early Sunday on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder in connection with the alleged attack in the 3400 block of Alderwood Avenue.

Kirkwood, 23, remained in custody Monday at Whatcom County Jail. His bail was $1 million, according to the jail website.

Elfo said the incident stemmed from a speaker that Shadle apparently sold to Kirkwood.

“Two people, a man and a woman, came to his door over the sale of a speaker,” Elfo said Sunday. “It wasn’t working and wanted their money back and they got into a fight.”

Elfo said the woman with Kirkwood wasn’t implicated in the attack on Shadle.

Shadle bills himself online as a hip-hop artist and audio engineer with the name SlandeR Slim.

Archived emergency radio transmissions from dispatchers indicated that Shadle had lost a large amount of blood and was not breathing and his heart had stopped following the 7:20 p.m. Saturday incident.

A 911 dispatcher told responding law enforcement officers that she was instructing bystanders in how to perform CPR.

Elfo praised a Bellingham Police officer and a sheriff’s deputy who administered first aid and continued doing CPR.

“They probably saved (Shadle’s life),” Elfo said. “(The police officer) put a tourniquet on his leg and packed (the wound) with gauze.”

He said the police officer and the deputy also performed CPR.

Once authorities made sure the scene was safe, Bellingham firefighters rushed Shadle to the hospital by ambulance.

Kirkwood fled in a car, authorities said.

A witness at the scene recognized Kirkwood’s girlfriend and deputies traced him to his home in the 3500 block of McAlpine Road, where he was arrested, Elfo said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty