Crime

Murder suspect and victim identified in Thursday’s Bellingham shooting

Cody Mitchell Brock is wanted by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for the shooting death of a 32-year-old man early Thursday morning near Bellingham.
Cody Mitchell Brock is wanted by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office for the shooting death of a 32-year-old man early Thursday morning near Bellingham. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday identified a suspect believed to be responsible for fatally shooting a Bellingham man and injuring a woman early Thursday in Bellingham’s Alderwood neighborhood. The identity of the 32-year-old victim who died also was released Friday.

In a press release from Chief Deputy Kevin Hester, the Sheriff’s Office said it is seeking help in finding Cody Mitchell Brock, 31, for the shooting death of Dustin Wilson at approximately 12:45 a.m. in the 1100 block of Old Marine Drive. Brock is suspected of first-degree murder. Brock’s location isn’t currently known, Hester said.

According to the release, surveillance showed Brock “lying in wait” for Wilson, then ambushing him from behind as Wilson and two females approached a house.

Brock is described as 6-foot-2, 210 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair, according to the release. Anyone with knowledge of Brock’s location or additional information about the shooting is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 360-778-6663.

Whatcom County Medical Examiner Dr. Gary Goldfogel told The Bellingham Herald in an email Friday that Wilson was shot four times by a revolver handgun, including a gunshot wound to the head that was determined to be the cause of death.

An unidentified 21-year-old woman also suffered a gunshot wound, according to a Sheriff’s Office Press release Thursday, and she was taken to St. Joseph hospital with what was believed to a non-life-threatening injury.

According to the release Thursday, several other people were at the scene when the shooting occurred, but no one else was injured.

According to court records, Brock is scheduled to face a jury trial Feb. 11 for a charge of second-degree strangulation assault and two charges for harassment from an Aug. 15 incident and a charge of bail jumping from Oct. 31. He also has Whatcom County felony convictions for second-degree burglary, second-degree assault, witness tampering, violation of a protection order and bail jumping from 2008.

David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in several western states since 1994.


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