Man shot in head, then jailed on felony escape warrant

A man who was shot in the head late Saturday landed in jail after authorities found out he was wanted on a felony warrant.

According to a statement from the Ferndale Police Department, officers were alerted to the shooting at 10:51 p.m. Saturday by staff at St. Joseph hospital in Bellingham, who were treating a gunshot victim. The man, whose name police declined to disclose, was treated and released from the hospital.

No further information about the nature of the injury was made immediately available Sunday.

He was then booked into Whatcom County Jail on a warrant for escaping community custody, according to the police statement. No arrest was made in connection with the shooting.

Police said the man told them he went to a room at the Orca Inn Suites, 5370 Barrett Road, with the intention of using narcotics. While he was in the room, he was shot in the head by an unknown assailant, police said.

The man called a relative, who drove him to the hospital.

Based on the man’s statement, police got a search warrant for the room, which showed signs of drug activity and further evidence of a shooting, authorities said.

Ferndale police, with help from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, still were processing evidence Sunday and declined further comment, according to the statement. Phone calls to police went unanswered Sunday.

The victim was a visitor to the motel room, not the renter. This information was corrected Nov. 21, 2016.

Robert Mittendorf: 360-756-2805, @BhamMitty