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DEMING — Thursday at approximately 4 p.m., 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.

According to a July 16 Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office news release, deputies found a man in his 50s who had been shot once in the chest with what witnesses reported to be a rifle.

Fire and Aid units began treating the victim before he was rushed to PeaceHealth Hospital in Bellingham with life-threatening injuries, the news release stated.

Witnesses gave WCSO the name of the suspect, as well as description of his vehicle, the news release stated.

At approximately 5 p.m., the suspect, 53-year-old Scott Richard Baker of Pierce County, was spotted by deputies in Acme, located in the South Fork Valley between the northern Cascade Mountains and Lake Whatcom.

According to the news release, deputies attempted to stop the vehicle but Baker “tried to flee and a pursuit was initiated for the wanted attempted murder suspect.”

Deputies then pursued the suspect vehicle down Highway 9 (Valley Highway) at speeds in excess of 80 MPH “with the suspect driving recklessly.”

The vehicle then turned west onto Park Road where deputies deployed what WCSO called a “pursuit intervention technique.”

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,” WCSO reported.

Whatcom County deputies then successfully attempted another pursuit intervention technique before they contacted Skagit County deputies. As a result of the technique, Baker’s vehicle “spun out into a field,” WCSO reported.

Whatcom and Skagit county deputies then took Baker into custody “without further incident.” Neither Baker nor any deputies were injured during the incident, WCSO reported.

After receiving minor medical treatment at the scene, Baker 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, detectives are continuing their investigation.

-- Information provided by Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office