Man shot in the foot during a drive-by shooting, suspects arrested


A Blaine man and woman were arrested April 30 heading toward Birch Bay as suspects in a drive-by shooting that left a man shot in the foot.

The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) booked Joshua Curtis Stroud, 40, into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault, drive-by shooting and unlawful possession of a firearm. Michelle Lyn Spaulding, 39, was also booked into Whatcom County Jail on suspicion of first-degree assault and drive-by shooting.

Jail records show both were released May 3 on bail or bond.

WCSO deputies were dispatched to the 7500 block of Leeside Drive on April 30 for a reported fight, WCSO spokesperson Deb Slater said.

While en route, dispatch aired additional information that multiple witnesses had heard a gunshot, and that a man who had shot another man had left toward Birch Bay in a red or gold four-door vehicle.

At the scene, deputies found the victim who, Slater said, had been shot in the foot. He told deputies that Stroud, whom he knew, had shot him.

Around the same time, deputies stopped a red BMW on Grandview Road, just west of Kickerville Road, with Stroud and Spaulding in the car, Slater reported.

An investigation found three witnesses who said they saw Stroud shoot the victim in the foot. Deputies also believe that Spaulding was an accomplice.

The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for the gunshot wound, Slater reported.

Both Stroud and Spaulding have a record of criminal history.

In 2019, Spaulding was charged with first-degree burglary, four counts of theft of a firearm and second-degree theft after being caught attempting to steal four firearms among other belongings from a Custer residence, The Northern Light previously reported. Stroud was arrested as well but not charged.

In 2014, Spaulding was sentenced to two years in prison for stealing from about 270 mailboxes in Whatcom, Skagit and Snohomish counties, The Northern Light also reported.

Whatcom County Superior Court documents show Stroud also has previous convictions for assault, reckless endangerment, possession of stolen property and forgery.


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