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This is the suspect profile that was released of Zachary Ranahan, who was then captured on Monday. (Courtesy photos)

Victim and two suspects all of Bellingham

WHATCOM ­— Two suspects were taken into custody Monday in connection with the death of  a Bellingham man found lying along Mosquito Lake Road on Sunday, Oct. 11, having been shot multiple times.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office first reported Monday that Roseanne L. Paden, 36, also from Bellingham, was in custody on investigation of first-degree murder.

A second suspect, Zachary S. Ranahan, 34, of Bellingham, was being sought.

When the Washington State Patrol reported on Tuesday that a 34-year-old suspect in Sunday’s homicide, name not given, had been captured later Monday.

In that capture, a tip had led authorities to the 3100 block of Maplewood Avenue in Bellingham, and shortly after deputies arrived to an apartment complex, the male suspect fled on foot.  

“They were able to track him to nearby brush where shots were fired by WSCO deputies; the male was not struck by gunfire,” the Washington State Patrol reported. “He was transported via ambulance to St. Joseph Medical Center with complaints of minor injuries he sustained while in the brush.”

The Skagit Multiple Agency Response Team, comprised of detectives from several Skagit County police agencies, has been brought into the ongoing investigation. 

This is the account of events given by investigations chief deputy Kevin Hester: 

On Sunday morning, Oct. 11, at approximately 9 a.m., deputies from the Sheriff’s Office were called to the 4000 block of Mosquito Lake Road for a death investigation. A passerby had found a deceased male lying on the ground outside of a running vehicle at a gravel pullout alongside the roadway. On scene deputies determined the male was dead with multiple gunshot wounds to his body.

Detectives and investigators processed the crime scene and followed up leads on the homicide. The victim was identified as 41-year-old Clinton E. Gulick of Bellingham.

The investigation led to Paden as an associate of Gulick. At approximately 8 p.m., she was arrested on investigation of first-degree murder and was booked into Whatcom County Jail.

On Monday the Sheriff’s Office was not releasing any further details on the investigation of the homicide.

Anyone who has information to share on this criminal case is asked to call 911 or the WCSO Major Crimes tip line at 360-778-6663.