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Police release name of man who shot himself after Ferndale attack

FERNDALE — Police have released the name of the man who attacked a woman before leading officers on a pursuit that ended with him taking his own life Friday, May 2.

Chad C. Horne, 34, apparently tied a woman's hands behind her back with zip ties and cut her throat around 10 a.m. Friday in the 5300 block of Patriot Lane before leaving in a black Chevy Tahoe and leading officers on a chase that ended near West Smith Road and Northwest Avenue, according to a 4:21 p.m. Saturday, May 3 police news release.

After officers used a "pursuit intervention technique" to stop the Tahoe, Horne shot himself in the head before officers could take him into custody, according to the release. He died at St. Joseph hospital, and his next of kin have been notified of his death.

Horne's last known address was in the 4700 block of Rock Crab Drive in Blaine. He had only been in Whatcom County for the last eight months; before that he lived in the Phoenix, Ariz. area, the release stated.

A search of Washington state court records did not return any results under Horne's name. However, a search of Arizona court records showed that Chad Coleman Horne was found guilty of armed robbery in a 1998 case in Maricopa County (the county Phoenix sits in).

The victim, who wished to remain private, was in stable condition, according to the release.

Detectives continue to work on the case, including digging into Horne's possible motivations behind the attack.

Police believe that once they are able to execute search warrants and conduct more interviews they will better understand what happened.

Police ask that anyone who believes they have information directly related to the case to call lead investigator Bellingham Police Detective Sue Howell at 360-778-8682.

For more information on the incident, see our story here.

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