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Ferndale Police release details regarding arrest of fatal shooting suspect, witnesses sought

FERNDALE, Wash. — Ferndale Police released additional information today, Tuesday, February 1st, regarding their suspect, Miguel Angel Miranda, in a homicide that occurred on January 23rd.

Ferndale Police had asked for the public’s assistance in locating Miranda on January 27th. They announced the following day that he was in custody but stopped short of saying where and how and no further details were being made available.

According to today’s announcement, Miranda was arrested Friday, January 28th, in Phoenix, Arizona after a vehicle he was believed to be in was identified by an automated license plate reader camera outside of Kingsman, Arizona, which then alerted the Ferndale Police Department of its location.

After receiving the alert, Ferndale detectives, with the assistance of detectives from the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, worked to quickly develop information on possible addresses for all known associates of Miranda in the greater Phoenix area. Using this information, the Phoenix Police Department spotted Miranda and subsequently took him into custody. The associated vehicle was later located in Ogden, Utah.

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Miranda has prior court cases in Phoenix to resolve and then will be transported to Whatcom County to face charges of second-degree murder.

Currently, the Ferndale Police Department is seeking information about two witnesses to the initial shooting on January 23rd. Their names are Jimmy Abitia and Michael Archouletta. If the public has contact information for either of those men, please submit that information to the Ferndale Police Department (360-384-3390 or Police Department (February 1, 2022)

According to Maricopa County Superior Court records, Miranda is set to make an initial appearance today, February 1st, in that court facing a yet to be identified criminal charge. He has appeared in that court 5 previous times facing charges of including car theft, identity theft, burglary and assault. He most recently pled guilty to a car theft charge in 2020.


  1. Cyndy Wilson February 1, 2022

    I just 💞those cameras. 💞💞💞💞💞

  2. Leslie Rogers February 1, 2022

    Way to go, Ferndale Police Department!


  3. Barbara Ann DaCosta February 2, 2022

    So glad that “technology” works to capture criminals and hopefully prevent them from hurting more people. Thank you Whatcom News for the updated information!

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