Woman stabbed in neck; suspect shoots self during capture

FERNDALE, Wash. -- A man who police believe stabbed another woman in the neck shot and killed himself as officers moved in for the capture, Bellingham police said Friday.

A report of a stabbing brought officers to a home off Patriot Lane in Ferndale around 10 a.m., police said. They discovered a woman had been stabbed in the neck, and she was taken by medics to a local hospital where she was listed as stable.

But investigators say her attacker stole her SUV and drove west, then turned around and headed back east where he eventually encountered police officers.

A brief chase ensued with speeds reaching 55 mph, the Bellingham Herald reported.

Eventually, one officer did a PIT maneuver on the SUV at Smith Road near Northwest Avenue, which brought it to a stop. But as officers approached the man inside, he pulled out a gun and shot himself.

The man was later pronounced dead.

Police are still looking into the circumstances surrounding the original attack. A neighbor told the Bellingham Herald that after the attacker fled the house, the woman came out with her hands tied behind her back and a cut to her throat. The neighbor said he knew the woman as his neighbor but didn't recognize the man who had driven off in her SUV.