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Ferndale Police remained onsite investigating the scene at Motel 6 after a person was shot and another stabbed in the parking lot (March 8, 2018). Photo: My Ferndale News

Court documents reveal possible motive behind hotel shooting

The Affidavit of Probable Cause Determination submitted to the Washington State Superior Court in Whatcom County provides details of what led up to the detention of Jason Riemland after the shooting that occurred in the Ferndale Motel 6 parking lot on the morning of March 8th.

According to the document, Ferndale Police were dispatched about 8:53am to a report of a shooting at Motel 6, located at 5671 Riverside Drive, near the front of the hotel. Upon arriving, law enforcement located a woman and two men. One of the men had a wound in the upper chest and an officer assisted by holding pressure on the wound.

A Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office deputy located another injured man on the backside of the building. He was identified as Jason Riemland and he made comments to the deputy admitting to the shooting and said he thought the shooting victim had stabbed him in the jugular vein. A deputy assisted with Riemland’s injury at the scene.

Riemland told investigators he and the other man had been friends and he was doing a favor for the other man’s girlfriend by picking her up at the hotel. The other man arrived at the hotel while Riemland and woman were outside in the parking lot.

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According to Riemland, words were exchanged and the other man stabbed him in the neck with a knife. Riemland told investigators he felt the other man intended to kill him, so he pulled out a handgun and fired one shot which resulted in the other man retreating to his car. It was soon after when the call to 911 was made.

Both Riemland and the other man were transported from the scene by ambulances to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center.

Riemland has since been charged with attempted 2nd degree murder.

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The other man’s injuries have required continued hospitalization and any conversations he has had with investigators were not included in this Affidavit filed with the court. Any charges are pending his release from the hospital.



  1. joafan1988 joafan1988 March 20, 2018

    Okay I am a bit confused. If his story is true he was doing self defense so how is it that he is the one that is being charged with attempted murder and not the other guy.

    • Discover Ferndale Discover Ferndale March 20, 2018

      The answer should be found in the last sentence in the story. Let me know if that doesn’t clarify things enough. Maybe more needs to be said.

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