2 Deputies Get Shot in The Head by Suspect While Responding To Neighborhood Dispute

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Peaceful Valley, Washington — On Thursday, Feb 10, around 4:20 pm, deputies Ryan Rathbun and Jason Thompson responded to multiple 911 calls about two neighbors shooting at each other from different houses in the 3000 block of Green Valley Drive near Kendall. They arrived and from across the street attempted to talk to 60-year-old Joel Berck Young, who fired birdshot toward his neighbor. Young, who according to reports appeared intoxicated, waved his 12-gauge shotgun before firing at both deputies’ heads. Body cam footage shows the pair of deputies asking the suspect to come out of his home. After a verbal back and forth, Thompson is shot in the head first and goes down. Rathbun is then also shot in the head while checking on Thompson. Rathbun returns fire at the suspect.

Both remained conscious and were able to provide cover for a neighbor who stepped in and fired at Young to protect the deputies, while residents pulled the deputies into a neighbor’s garage and performed first aid. Young peacefully surrendered around 6 p.m. after the WCSO SWAT team surrounded his house. Young remains in Whatcom County Jail. He has been charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder, six counts of reckless endangerment, assault while armed with a firearm and felony harassment. Since, Rathbun and Thompson have undergone numerous medical procedures and treatments. Both recovered and returned to service a year later. On March 4, 2023, the two deputies, filed a suit against Joel Young for assault and battery of officer(s) Thompson and Rathbun in the line of duty. On May 5, 2023, they were awarded the Medal of Honor by the Washington State Attorney General’s Office during the Law Enforcement Medal Of Honor/Peace Officier Memorial Ceremony in Olympia.

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37 thoughts on “2 Deputies Get Shot in The Head by Suspect While Responding To Neighborhood Dispute

  1. I can’t believe why someone would act that way.. it’s such a small town and that man is a danger to society!! Prayers to the officer

  2. Those were shots from birdshot ammo, that's why it was easy for him to hit both officers, but their injuries weren't as lethal as a regular gunshot.

  3. Can't go around shooting people in their head poor guy probably needs some psychiatric help probably a veteran or something glad the cops survived I don't care for cops much but they don't deserve to get killed over dumb s***

  4. Ese civil debería ser policía esta hecho para eso ❤

    El oficial herido me siento tan mal 💔😢

    Primero dios que se recupere pronto 🙏

  5. Why don't the police officers wear a helmet when they know in advance they will be confronting an unstable person with a firearm, that's already been illegally firing it? 🤔

  6. So I understand officers don't need a shield for every call , but when you know what you're getting into with shots fired … they should be having the SWAT shields that can stop rifle rounds. besides the people lives, the police officers lives are just as important .

  7. 4:00 Horrid— Horrid — Nobody who is sane wants this. I hate cops for sure. I don't believe shooting them is the right way at all. Grotesque.

  8. The suspect seriously told the officer at the end "I'm not going to cause you any problems."
    Ummmmm sir, you just shot 2 Officer's in the head.. Alcohol can destroy your lives kids, take note!

  9. Crazy to see something like this happen so close to home…proud to be from Whatcom County, Lynden specifically. Major props to these officers!

  10. Dont think j have ever seen sheer badassery by the cops AND the civilans in a PA video!
    Godamit I ❤ 🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲🥰

  11. Obviously after the first shot was fired by the shooter, the other officers should have unloaded which is military protocol not civilian cop protocol

  12. The neighbors who fired at the criminal also deserve awards for bravery and defending their local officers, they risked their own lives defending the ones who risk their own lives for us.

  13. The two that where shot is shocking to me that neither of them MAG DUMP that fool & he lucky the other cops didnt light his ass up wen he surrenderd. They better than me.

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