Whatcom Sheriff’s detectives believe he shot a man last weekend, and he’s now in custody

The Bellingham Herald file

The Maple Falls man suspected of shooting and injuring another man late Friday night was arrested by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Wednesday morning.

Undersheriff Jeff Parks told The Bellingham Herald in an email that Vincent J. Partin, 53, was in custody. Whatcom County Jail records show Partin was booked on suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm, first-degree assault with a firearm and reckless endangerment.

According to a sheriff’s office release on Monday, around 11 p.m. on March 29, the sheriff’s office was notified of a 30-year-old Everson man who was taken to St. Joseph’s hospital after he had been shot multiple times. Bellingham police initially responded and discovered the shooting took place in the 6200 block of Bellwood Drive in Maple Falls.

The man, whose identity has not been released, was rushed into surgery for wounds to his shoulder, hands, abdomen and hip, the release said, and an update on his condition is not available.

Detectives found spent shell casings and blood in the driveway of a residence on Bellwood Drive. During an interview with people in the residence, Partin was developed as a “person of interest” in the shooting, the release said.

Detectives determined the victim and another man went into the residence and confronted the suspect for unknown reasons, and a dispute occurred that led to the shooting, according to the release. The victim and another male left the residence after the shooting, and the victim was later taken to the hospital in a private vehicle by a family friend.

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.