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2 face assault with a deadly weapon charges after man is shot in Birch Bay

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Whatcom County Sheriff Deputy responding to call. Video: Whatcom News

BIRCH BAY, Wash. — Sheriff’s deputies dispatched to a fight in Birch Bay were advised en route that witnesses reported hearing a gun shot.

According to an affidavit of probable cause prepared by the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office and filed by prosecutors in Whatcom County Superior Court, deputies were dispatched to the fight on April 30th. Before arriving, they learned someone was reported to have been shot and a description of a vehicle leaving the scene was broadcast to all deputies.

The initial fight call was on Leeside Drive and the vehicle was said to have left toward Birch Bay.

While deputies responded to the Leeside Drive location, others stopped a red BMW that matched the description on Grandview Road, west of Kickerville Road, approximately 3 miles away from the Leeside Drive location. The driver and passenger were both detained and the BMW impounded pending a search warrant.

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The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries resulting from being shot in the foot.

Investigators collected evidence from the scene, including a .22 casing and bullet fragment, reviewed residential security system video of the incident and talked with the victim and witnesses. As a result, the 2 people in the car were arrested and booked into the Whatcom County Jail.

The passenger was identified as Joshua Curtis Stroud, age 40, and he is suspected of being the shooter. Court documents show he faces a charge of 2nd degree assault with a deadly weapon and 2nd degree unlawful possession of a firearm. Since Stroud is a convicted felon, he is not lawfully able to possess a firearm according to the affidavit.

The driver was identified as Michelle Lyn Spaulding (also known as Michelle Lyn Stroud), age 39, and she is suspected of being an accomplice to the shooting. As a result, she also faces a charge of 2nd degree assault with a deadly weapon. She was awaiting trial on a felony forgery charge in Whatcom County Superior Court at the time of her arrest. She had pled guilty to reduced charges of residential burglary and theft, both felonies, in 2020 according to court records.

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Both were released from custody yesterday, May 3rd, after posting $20,000 bonds each according to court documents.

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