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Two Deputies Shot While Trying To Deescalate Gunfight Between Neighbors

Peaceful Valley, WA – Two Whatcom County sheriff’s deputies were shot on Thursday afternoon when they responded to a dispute between neighbors in Peaceful Valley.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) said the incident occurred at about 4:20 p.m. on Feb. 10 when sheriff’s deputies responded to a report that two neighbors were shooting at each other near Peaceful Valley and State Route 247 in the Maple Falls area, KING reported.

WCSO said that when deputies arrived on the scene northwest of Bellingham, they attempted to talk with a man who was armed with a shotgun in the street.

The attempt was unsuccessful and both deputies were shot, KING reported.

The sheriff’s department said both deputies were rushed to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center, KOMO reported.

Officials have not released the identities of the wounded heroes but said that both deputies were in “stable” condition at the hospital.

Initial reports said that the gunman who shot the officers had fled and was on the loose, but officials were quick to announce that the man who shot two deputies had been taken into custody in short order.

WCSO said that the suspect surrendered to deputies just after 6 p.m., KING reported.

The investigation was being headed up by the Law Enforcement Mutual Aid Response Team and was considered ongoing.

WCSO said that both of the wounded deputies were veteran members of the sheriff’s department, KOMO reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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