Skagit County, WA – Around 4:00 PM on Thursday, July 15th, deputies from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of an assault with a weapon at a residence in the 5400 block of Mt. Baker Highway, Deming, Washington. Deputies found a male in his 50’s who had been shot once in the chest with what witnesses reported to be a rifle. Fire and Aid units began treating the victim and he was rushed to Peacehealth Hospital in Bellingham with life-threatening injuries.
Witnesses were able to give the name of the suspect and a vehicle description of his vehicle. At approximately 5:00 PM, deputies spotted the suspect vehicle near Acme, Washington. They attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver tried to flee and a pursuit was initiated for the wanted attempted murder suspect. Deputies pursued the suspect vehicle down Highway 9 (Valley Highway) at speeds over 80 MPH with the suspect driving recklessly. The vehicle turned west onto Park Road where a Pursuit Intervention Technique was deployed by deputies. The suspect evaded the technique and turned back around eastbound on Park Road and eventually fled south into Skagit County on Valley Highway, where Skagit County deputies were alerted and stationed with spike strips. Prior to contact with the Skagit County deputies, another Pursuit Intervention Technique was initiated by Whatcom County deputies. This technique was successful and the suspect vehicle spun out into a field. The suspect was taken into custody without further incident by Whatcom and Skagit deputies. Neither the suspect or any deputies were injured during the incident and two small puppies were recovered safely from the back of the suspect vehicle (the puppies were transported to the Humane Society for care and treatment).
Arrested at the scene was 53-year old Scott Richard Baker of Pierce County, Washington. After receiving minor medical treatment at the scene, he was booked into the Whatcom County Jail on the investigation of Attempted First Degree Murder, Felony Eluding a Police Vehicle and Possession of a Controlled Substance.
At this time no further information is being released on the incident or the victim’s condition as detectives are continuing their investigation. We will update this press release as more information becomes available.