Man arrested in connection with shooting, stabbing at Motel 6 in Ferndale


Ferndale Police have arrested a man in connection with a shooting Thursday outside the Motel 6.

Jason Matthew Riemland, 44, was booked into Whatcom County Jail about 12:45 a.m. Friday on a single charge of attempted second-degree murder.

City of Ferndale spokesman Riley Sweeney said police detectives uncovered evidence that indicated Riemland was the aggressor in the incident, which started as a report of a shooting and stabbing that injured two men about 8:55 a.m. Thursday in the parking lot of the motel at 5671 Riverside Drive.

“It was a domestic dispute, and as we continued our investigation, it became clear that we had to arrest (Riemland),” Sweeney said.

No details of Riemland’s arrest were provided, with Sweeney citing an active investigation.

Both men were taken by ambulance to St. Joseph hospital, said Division Chief Ben Boyko of Whatcom County Fire District 7, which serves Ferndale. He said one man had been stabbed in the lower jaw and another man suffered a gunshot wound to his upper torso.

Sweeney said that firearm was a handgun.

Boyko said the man who had been shot was believed to be in critical condition at the time.

Sweeney said the man survived surgery and was at St. Joseph hospital, and detectives hoped to talk with him. He said wasn’t able to provide the man’s current condition.

Riemland was treated and released for his injuries, Sweeney said.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty