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December 10, 2019 | 6:23pm
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Police: Knife was used in self-defense during assault

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Aid units from Whatcom County Fire District 7 and Ferndale Police responded yesterday evening about 7pm to a report of a stabbing at the Lamplighter Mobile Park at 2392 Douglas Road. One person was subsequently transported by ambulance for treatment of their injuries and then later booked into the jail.

According to information released by the Ferndale Police Department, two roommates got into an argument in the front yard of their residence. One roommate grabbed and threatened to assault the other. The other roommate warned he was armed with a knife and would use it to defend himself. He was then struck in the head and subsequently “used the knife to prevent further assault.”

When police officers arrived, they found a roommate with a neck laceration and detained the other roommate while investigating the incident.

After police officers spoke with the other roommate and other witnesses, they determined the knife had been justifiably used in self-defense. The other roommate was released at the scene pending review of the charges.

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According to Whatcom County Fire District 7 Division Chief Ben Boyko, the injured roommate was transported to PeaceHealth St Joseph Medical Center for treatment of minor injuries.

After being treated for his injuries, William J. Skuse, 56, was booked into the Whatcom County Jail for assault in the 4th degree. Skuse remained in custody at the Whatcom County Jail as of 6:30am today.

According to court records, Skuse has a history of drug abuse including being involved in administering a fatal heroin overdose in Bellingham in 2010 for which he received a sentence of 50 months.

Police say there has not been any determination drugs or alcohol were involved in last night’s incident.

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