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Man suspected in Ferndale murder kills himself in California

The person needed on suspicion of killing a former co-worker last 7 days at a Ferndale business was positioned in Northern California, but he shot and killed himself when nearby regulation enforcement tried to get hold of him.

A city of Ferndale news launch Monday, July 11, stated that Todd Daniel Andersen, 49, was located Saturday, July 9, near Obvious Creek in Lassen County, California.

Andersen, who had childhood connections in the location, reportedly despatched an email to a family members member on Friday indicating that he was in the Clear Creek spot, according to the launch.

The Lassen County Sheriff’s Workplace was notified of the probable location of Andersen, and afterwards in the afternoon, they explained to the Ferndale Police Division that they experienced spotted Anderson, the release states.

At 5:20 p.m., Lassen County deputies notified Ferndale Law enforcement that they attempted to get in touch with to Andersen, but that he experienced shot and killed himself, according to the launch.

The incident occurred at a person of Andersen’s childhood households, Lassen County Sheriff’s Business spokesperson Lt. Dave Woginrich advised The Bellingham Herald.

“Fortunately, the people who have the house, it’s a summertime house, and no one else was in the house at the time,” Woginrich advised The Herald. “He was there by himself.”

No deputies have been wounded or experienced to fire anything into the house, Woginrich noted, and the complete incident lasted “less than five or six minutes.”

Court docket records clearly show that 49-yr-outdated Todd Daniel Andersen was charged with 1st-diploma murder Thursday, July 7, in Whatcom County Excellent Court docket. Andersen is suspected of capturing and killing 58-yr-previous Douglas Scoggins of Ferndale.

Todd Daniel Andersen reportedly shot and killed himself after he was observed in Northern California on Saturday, July 9. Ferndale Police Division Courtesy to The Bellingham Herald

In accordance to Whatcom County Excellent Courtroom documents submitted Thursday:

Ferndale Law enforcement were despatched at 12:04 p.m. Thursday to Pioneer Article and Frame Inc. in the 6200 block of Portal Way for the report of an assault with a weapon. Officers arrived and located medics treating Scoggins on the 2nd floor of the small business for multiple gunshot wounds. Their attempts have been unsuccessful and Scoggins was pronounced dead at the scene.

Law enforcement spoke with a Pioneer Article and Frame staff, who claimed that at around 11:15 a.m., a gentleman, afterwards determined as Andersen, entered via the back again door of the organization and asked if Scoggins was in the business office to have lunch. The employee checked with Scoggins, who mentioned he would be appropriate there. Scoggins arrived and greeted Andersen, and the two adult males went upstairs to Scoggins’ place of work.

The employee reported she could hear the two guys talking upstairs, but could not hear what they were talking about. Abruptly she described listening to 7 gunshots from upstairs.

The worker noted Andersen ran down the stairs, pointed a gun at her and yelled “he (Scoggins) stole from me, he stole from my business.” Andersen then turned the gun away and went searching for a different employee, who experienced presently remaining the creating by means of a rear window.

The reporting staff claimed she then went upstairs and discovered Scoggins and named 911.

One more, very long-expression personnel advised police that he knew Andersen as an personnel from a lot of yrs in the past and experienced talked to him that early morning at Pioneer Article and Frame. That staff also instructed police that Andersen was driving a newer Dodge Charger or Challenger with Oregon plates. Police later on realized the car or truck was the Charger, which had been rented in Spokane on July 2 and is because of again on July 9.

Investigators spoke by telephone with Pioneer Put up and Frame’s accountant who verified that Andersen experienced labored with the business from Jan. 1, 1998, through April 1, 2003, court docket files point out. He lived in Bellingham on East Sunset Push at the time.

The accountant also informed police that there experienced been a extensive-expression Department of Labor and Industries assert involving Andersen, but she did not know the facts about it, in accordance to documents.

Investigators also learned that Andersen now life in Liberty Lake, nevertheless his landlord reported he had not paid out rent in months and was in the procedure of currently being evicted, paperwork condition. Law enforcement also uncovered that Andersen experienced labored at Metal Income in Spokane, but give up his position on June 24, telling a human resources consultant last week he was “going on to greener pastures.”

Nexis records listing Scoggins as the owner of Pioneer Publish Body Inc. In accordance to its web-site, the business specialised in industrial, agricultural and private storage structures and can aid with design, engineering, permitting, developing pad preparing and construction.

As formerly claimed by The Bellingham Herald, Scoggins oversaw the building of Pioneer Flexspace High quality Storage Condominiums on Portal Way, about a 50 percent-mile north of the Pioneer Submit Frame workplaces. The 7.5-acre website was predicted to be completed in 2020 and have 108 storage units masking about 225,000 sq. feet and supply storage for RVs and boats as perfectly as becoming utilized as places to change thoughts into enterprises and set up a U.S. existence for current Canadian companies, Scoggins told The Herald in 2019.

This tale was at first released July 11, 2022 12:20 PM.

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David Rasbach joined The Bellingham Herald in 2005 and now covers breaking news. He has been an editor and writer in quite a few western states considering the fact that 1994.