Crime

Man arrested for Bellingham shooting told witness he pulled trigger, court records state

Cody Brock, 31, was arrested Wednesday morning in Kent on suspicion of first-degree murder after he allegedly fatally shot Dustin Wilson and injured a woman Jan. 30, 2019, on Old Marine Drive near Bellingham.
Cody Brock, 31, was arrested Wednesday morning in Kent on suspicion of first-degree murder after he allegedly fatally shot Dustin Wilson and injured a woman Jan. 30, 2019, on Old Marine Drive near Bellingham. Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

The man wanted on suspicion for the shooting death of a Bellingham man last week was arrested Wednesday morning in Kent, and court documents state that he admitted to a witness that he pulled the trigger.

Cody Mitchell Brock, 31, was arrested at approximately 5 a.m. Wednesday in a Kent hotel by the the Whatcom County Sheriff’s, the U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offender Task Force and the Bellingham Office of the FBI, according to a press release from Undersheriff Jeff Parks.

Whatcom County Chief Criminal Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Erik Sigmar said the county is in the process of bringing Brock back to Whatcom County, and he is expected to make a first appearance in Whatcom County Superior Court at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

“It took an extraordinary effort by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, working in conjunction with the U.S. Marshals office, the FBI and a special unit from Snohomish County,” Sigmar told The Herald.

Brock is suspected of first-degree murder, according to a Friday press release from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, after he allegedly shot Dustin M. Wilson, 32, in the back and head four times early Thursday in the 1100 block of Old Marine Drive, resulting in Wilson’s death.

A woman who was with Wilson at the time of the shooting also suffered a single gunshot injury to her stomach in the incident and was taken to St. Joseph hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

According to Wednesday’s press release, the Sheriff’s Office worked with the Violent Offender Task Force and FBI to follow up on numerous tips and leads before locating Brock in Kent on Wednesday.

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.

Confession

According to Whatcom County Superior Court documents filed Friday, the Sheriff’s Office investigation discovered that Brock told a witness about the shooting.

At approximately 11 p.m. on the night of the shooting, Brock was with the witness, according to the court documents, and Brock asked if the witness wanted to get high on methamphetamine. The witness reportedly refused, and Brock left at about 11:20 p.m.

The witness told deputies that Brock returned at approximately 2 a.m., according to court records, and said that he had shot Wilson and fled the scene in a friend’s vehicle after shooting five times. Brock also reportedly told the witness he was wearing a bulletproof vest and was aware that he had killed Wilson but not that he had shot the woman who was injured.

Brock told the witness that he discarded his phones, the gun and his clothing, according to the court documents, and even bragged that the shooting was captured on surveillance cameras he knew were at the scene.

Lying in wait

Wilson was found by responding sheriff’s deputies laying on the front door entry to the house with a gunshot wound to the left side of his head and three to the right side of his torso, according to court documents.

Security video footage from outside the house showed a person arrive at approximately 1:30 a.m. and hide behind some bushes just out of view of the camera, court documents state. At approximately 1:42 a.m., a vehicle arrives, and about a minute later, Wilson and two women get out of the car and walk up to the front door. As the three walk out of view of one of the cameras, a lone male believed to be Brock emerges from the bushes, records state.

A second camera shows the man believed to be Brock run up behind the trio with a silver handgun in his right hand, court records state. Footage showed a recoil, as if the gun had been fired, and the man believed to be Brock is seen running away from the house moments later.

A witness who was in the house told deputies the shooter, who he did not recognize but described as a 5-foot-11 white male, stood over and fired the gun at Wilson’s body, court documents state. It is believed a revolver was used in the shootings, as no casings were found at the scene and the video footage didn’t show anybody collecting them.

During the investigation, the Sheriff’s office learned that there had been a months-long dispute between Brock and Wilson over the intimate and personal relationships each had with a woman, documents state, and that several people said they had heard Brock threaten to kill Wilson.

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.


Reporter Denver Pratt joined The Bellingham Herald in 2017 and covers courts and criminal and social justice. She has worked in Montana, Florida and Virginia.


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