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Arrest made in random shooting incident in Maple Falls

Whatcom County Sheriff's Office vehicle (February 16, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News
Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office vehicle (February 16, 2017). Photo: Whatcom News

MAPLE FALLS, Wash. — Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office released a press release this afternoon, April 20th, regarding an arrest of a Maple Falls man this morning.

According to the release, WCSO deputies were dispatched early this morning to a report of a man playing loud music, yelling and shooting a gun around a bonfire in a backyard in the 8300 block of Golden Valley Drive.

Deputies observed the man from a distance as he walked around a large fire while yelling and growling. He was observed waving a handgun and randomly firing it in the direction of the fire, the ground and into 2 large woodpiles in the backyard. The man was also seen with a rifle taken from the residence.

Deputies attempted to contact the man’s wife and children by phone to determine if they were in the residence but were unsuccessful.

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The man then got into a vehicle and left the residence. A WCSO armored vehicle was parked nearby and spike strips were deployed in the roadway. The male stopped his vehicle before the spike strips and was ordered out of the vehicle.

The man complied with instructions until he reached the rear of his vehicle, at which point he became confrontational. Deputies used less-lethal munitions after which the male complied with instructions and was taken into custody.

The rifle and handgun were recovered. The man’s wife and children were discovered safe sleeping inside the residence.

The man, identified by WCSO as Edgar Asencio, age 38, was booked into Whatcom County Jail charged with suspicion of unlawful possession of a firearm and reckless endangerment. The release said additional charges may be possible.

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According to jail records, Asencio remained in custody at 4:30pm without the option for posting bail.

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