Crime

Bullet misses woman in drive-by shooting north of Ferndale

An argument involving several people north of Ferndale ended with one man firing a bullet that almost hit a woman in her home Friday morning, April 24, according to the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies arrested Brandon Maurice Thompson, 21, of Bellingham for first-degree assault and drive-by shooting after he allegedly fired a pistol at a woman’s home from a truck driving away, Whatcom County Undersheriff Jeff Parks said.

The dispute started close to 1 a.m. at Evergreen Mobile Park, 6800 Enterprise Road, when Thompson and three others went to the woman’s residence to “recover a friend’s vehicle,” Parks said.

The woman, who lived at the mobile park, told the group they needed to leave. As she watched them drive away, a bullet blasted through the window and struck the bed frame she was kneeling on, Parks said.

She called 911. Deputies arrived and found a shell casing in the driveway and a hole in the residence, Parks said. Police dogs found a gun at the scene that had been tossed from the truck.

Deputies located Thompson, who initially denied firing the weapon, Parks said. But witnesses told deputies that they saw Thompson shoot the gun from the truck as it pulled away.

Since 2011 Thompson has been convicted of second-degree theft, three counts of possession of stolen property, second-degree assault and second-degree burglary.

He is awaiting trial on four charges for allegedly stealing a gun and credit card from a car, then using the card at multiple locations, according to charges filed in Whatcom County Superior Court. Police later found Thompson riding a bike while in possession of ecstasy and heroin and arrested him.

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