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More arrests made in Orca Inn Suites shooting

Ferndale Police vehicle file photo (July 25, 2016). Photo: Whatcom News

A total of 6 people have been arrested following a shooting at the Orca Inn Suites last Saturday evening.

Today, Ferndale Police Lieutenant Matt Huffman told Discover Ferndale the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) and Bellingham Police had taken three people into custody yesterday who were subsequently booked on charges related to the shooting.

WCSO deputies made a traffic stop which resulted in Brittany L Plagerman, age 26, and Stephen C Coakley, age 32, being arrested. Plagerman was booked on a Department of Corrections warrant and possession of a controlled substance with intent to manufacture/deliver. Coakley was booked for 1st degree rendering criminal assistance.

Bellingham Police arrested Austin Grimme, age 26, and he was booked for 1st degree attempted assault and 1st degree robbery.

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Earlier this week, Riley D Cooper, age 24, and Stevi P Day, age 25, were arrested. The shooting victim, Dustin M Wilson, remains in custody due to a Department of Corrections warrant. Huffman said they expect to charge Wilson with 1st degree robbery and 1st degree attempted assault as a result of the shooting investigation.

Huffman said at this time no other suspects are being sought.

According to Huffman, the individual contacted during yesterday’s incident at the Super 8 Motel was determined to not have been involved in Saturday’s shooting incident.


  1. cheryl simplot rowe November 23, 2016

    Where are the Orca Inn Suites located?

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