Whatcom County Sheriff Responds to Murder-Suicide

Murder-Suicide File Photo

Whatcom County, WA- The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office responded to the 6500 block of Timmeran Lane near Ferndale around 8:23 a.m. on August 7th, 2019 after a male called 9-1-1 and told dispatchers he was going to shoot himself.

According to a press memo from Whatcom County Sheriff Bill Elfro, the male told the call taker that he had prepared a note for the Sheriff with information and instructions. The Dispatcher attempted to keep the man on the line but the man told the Dispatcher “we will be in the front bedroom,” before hanging up.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Deputies arrived at approximately 8:38 a.m. and set up a perimeter around the house. A Crisis Negotiator attempted to contact occupants of the home via telephone and a loud speaker for about an hour. After an hour, Deputies deployed a robot mounted camera into the home. The 77-year old man was found deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was laying next to his wife, 76-year old wife, who was also deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators are investigating the case as a likely murder/suicide.  According to the release from the Sheriff’s Office, several notes were left around the home citing severe ongoing medical problems with the wife and expressing concerns that the couple did not have sufficient resources to pay for medical care.

Next of kin information was left in a note and Detectives are working with an out-of-state Law Enforcement Agency to notify next of kin.   Pending Notification of next of kin, the identity of the deceased couple.

Two Dogs were found in the home and were taken into custody and turned over to the Humane Society for care. Numerous firearms were also impounded for safe keeping.

Sheriff Elfo said: “It is very tragic that one of our senior citizens would find himself in such desperate circumstances where he felt murder and suicide were the only options. Help is always available with a call to 9-1-1.”

If you or someone you know if feeling depressed or hopeless, help is available. Contact 1-800-273-TALK.


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Chris Nelson
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