BELLINGHAM — A 37-year-old Deming man was killed and a sheriff’s deputy was injured after a standoff situation at a Whatcom County home came to a head Sunday.
According to Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Undersheriff Jeff Parks, deputies received word around 2 p.m. Sunday that a man with outstanding warrants was discharging a firearm at his house in the 5700 block of Mosquito Lake Road in Deming, Wash.
Officers drove to the scene and saw the suspect, who ran into the home and fired a shot at deputies, Parks said. More law enforcement officers were called to the scene and were preparing to enter the home when the man allegedly fired on the deputies three times. Sheriff’s deputies returned fire and killed the suspect, Parks said.
A sheriff deputy was injured in the shooting by bullet fragmentation from rounds fired by the suspect, Parks said. He was treated at the scene and his injuries are believed to be minor.
The man was identified Monday as Cecil Chaney Tinker-Smith, 37, a felon who is prohibited from possessing firearms.
After the shootout, and when Tinker-Smith was killed, deputies arrested Jeanne T. Tinker-Smith, 63, and booked her into jail for making false statements to officers and rendering criminal assistance.
Bellingham police are investigating the incident. Several other agencies, including the U.S. department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol and the Ferndale Police Department are also assisting in the investigation.