Birch Bay man arrested for slitting brother’s throat

A Birch Bay man was arrested for first-degree assault after allegedly slitting his brother’s throat.

Nathaniel Ernest Keith Deal, 27, was arrested on October 11 at around 3:30 a.m.

Whatcom County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a 911 call at the brother’s home in the 8200 block of Alder Way in Birch Bay. Deputies found Deal’s younger brother with a 4-inch cut along his throat. The victim was taken to PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham and has since been released.

According to the sheriff’s office, Deal had blood on his shirt and his brother was bleeding from the neck when deputies arrived.

Both men were heavily intoxicated and refusing to cooperate, with Deal threatening to release his pitbull on deputies if they attempted to arrest him.

The dog eventually ran out of the house and began acting aggressively, so deputies discharged a Taser at the dog, which ran back into the house.

The victim had to be restrained before deputies could take him to the hospital. Both men claimed the victim had tripped and fallen on a nail, despite several witnesses hearing the younger brother repeatedly accuse Deal of slitting his throat.

Deal posted bond and has been released awaiting trial.

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